BODY OF EVIDENCE: The perfect gift for the lover of ART and NOIR. 


"truly beautiful and horrible at the same time."  - Meriah Crawford


Inspired by his own fascination with mystery novels, films and police procedural TV shows, artist Chuck Scalin created 14 “evidence boxes”. Each of these boxes contained clues to unsolved mysteries that were assembled 

from Chuck's  vast collection of intriguing vintage found objects and photos. After exhibiting these boxes in a local gallery, Chuck invited 14 talented writers and challenged them to develop narratives that elucidate the contents in each of these boxes.

CHUCK SCALIN - concept


Chuck Scalin is a professor emeritus and former assistant chair of the Communication Arts + Design Department at Virginia Commonwealth University. He studied at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago, Illinois and Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. He currently teaches courses in collage and assemblage at the Studio School in the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Virginia.


His photographic, collage, glass and clay works have been included in over 250 group exhibitions, and 25 solo shows in the US and abroad and in many public and private collections.

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Meena Khalili is a practicing designer and artist, and an assistant professor in the Art & Design Program at Virginia State University. Her design and illustration work has been featured internationally in galleries and periodicals. She has conducted workshops in printmaking and design at VCUQatar in Doha, Qatar and at The Visual Arts Center of Richmond and Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Meena earned her MFA in Visual Communications in 2010 from Virginia Commonwealth University, where she also completed her BFA in Communication Arts and Design in 2004. Her work is heavily influenced by her Persian heritage and centers around culture, myth, and visual storytelling. She studied at the Illustration Academy, and in Florence, Italy, where she acquired her love of motor scooters and strong coffee.  Visit her online at

MEENA KHALILI - book design