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Patricia C. Phillips
Patricia Phillips


Patricia C. Phillips, formerly Dean of Graduate Studies at the Rhode Island School of Design (who also served as Interim Associate Provost for two years), joined Moore on July 1, 2016 and is currently serving as Chief Academic Officer/Academic Dean. Her breadth of experience includes past roles as professor and chair of the Cornell Department of Art; editor-in-chief of Art Journal; dean of the School of Fine and Performing Arts; chair of the Department of Art at the State University of New York-New Paltz; and program coordinator of the master’s program in Architecture and Design Criticism at The New School for Social Research - Parsons School of Design.

In addition to her experience in academia, Phillips is a well-regarded writer, having published articles, essays and reviews about contemporary art, design and architecture in Artforum, Art in America, Art Journal, Metropolis and Public Art Review, among others. She authored the books City Speculations, It is Difficult: Alfredo Jaar and Ursula von Rydingsvard: Working.

Phillips’ curatorial projects include a one-person exhibition on the artist Mierle Laderman Ukeles at the Queens Museum in Flushing, Queens and Making Sense: Five Artists’ Installations on Sensation at the Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, New York. She has lectured extensively on public art, contemporary art and design across the country and abroad.

Phillips earned her BA in Art/Art History from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA and did graduate work in Landscape Architecture from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.