Kirk E. Pillow

Kirk E. Pillow, Ph.D., is provost of the University of the Arts. He began his tenure on March 14, 2011.

Prior to his arrival at the University, he served as provost and interim president of Corcoran College of Art + Design in Washington, D.C. He was responsible for all programs and operations of the College, and was also among the senior management of the Corcoran Gallery of Art. He was also vice president of the board of Washington's Cultural Development Corporation, and serves on the board of AICAD, the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design.

At the Corcoran, Pillow oversaw a 28 percent increase in enrollment in three years, a thorough revision of the undergraduate curriculum, the adoption of a fully revised faculty handbook, and the introduction of several new degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
 
He earned a doctorate in philosophy from Northwestern University in 1995, specializing in aesthetic theory. His Sublime Understanding was published by MIT Press in 2000; the book turns classical German theories of the sublime into a theory of interpretation for works of art and for experience more broadly.
 
Pillow joined the faculty of Hamilton College in upstate New York in 1996 and was awarded tenure there in 2003. After serving as chair of the Philosophy department, he spent three years as Hamilton's associate dean of faculty before joining the Corcoran in 2007.