American Illustration 38 Archive

Associate Professor (Studio Art), Marius Valdes, had one of his illustrations selected to appear online as part of The ARCHIVE at for American Illustration

It was one of only 413 images from over 7,000 submitted eligible to appear permanently on The ARCHIVE – AI-AP’s exclusive online juried collection.

This year’s distinguished jury included: Chris Brand, Crown Publishing; Hannah K Lee, The New York Times; Janet Michaud, Politico; Dennis Huynh, Buzzfeed; Maria G. Keehan, Smithsonian; Aaron Rinas, Art + Mechanical; and Marianne Seregi, National Geographic


AC Moore Elementary Mural (In Progress)

I was invited to be the Artist-In-Residence this year for AC Moore Elementary. This includes a fun commission to create two 40+ feet murals for their school library. Each grade developed an idea for a character and I worked them into the overall design. There are also family of Bobcats (school mascot) hiding in the mural for the kids to find. I drew all the pictures by hand, scanned them, collaged them on the computer and redrew each mural using a Cintiq tablet. Color was added digitally. The final art will be printed and mounted on the library walls above the book shelves. In addition, we will be making stand alone cut outs of the different animals that will go around the school. Here are some images from the mural in progress. We hope to install and have an opening reception in December. Click on each image below.

Richland Library Bookmark Wall Mural

One of the most exciting projects I have worked on was the Richland Library Bookmark Wall located in the newly renovated main branch on Assembly Street on the Garden level. The wall contains almost 2000 hand drawn bookmarks. Half were created by myself while the other half was produced by the community including library patrons and several local schools. The hand drawn bookmarks were collected and scanned by my team of USC design student interns. We assembled them into a 53 x 9 foot collage. Digital color was added and printed on vinyl. The project took over a year to complete start to finish but was worth it. Stop by and check it out.


Valdes Art at Crafty Feast

I had a great time meeting tons of people and selling lots of art this year at the always well-run Crafty Feast. The people have spoken and the little canvases are a hit! Thanks to everyone who stopped by to say hello and take home some original art.

AIGA SC InShow Awards

Valdes Art picked up 3 AIGA InShow Awards including a Judges' Best of Show for the Secret Species Project Exhibition. It was a great surprise. The Secret Species children's book also won. Just as nice was seeing my former students winning lots of awards too. The awards are a different form of cube every year. This year they went with the woodsy-outdoor vibe.

Artist-in-Residence at Richland Library 2016-17

Richland Library’s main branch on Assembly is one of my favorite places in Columbia so I am excited to announce I will be their Artist-in-Residence starting today through May.

That means you can check out my work in my new studio space on the newly renovated 2nd floor. There is a whole team of friendly and creative people devoted to helping people make stuff in brand new creative spaces.

Things kick off tonight at 7 with 3 bands, cash bar, and open studios. I’ll be there making something. Starting next week, I’ll have some open studio hours when you can drop by and check out my work or talk about creative stuff.