Culture Corps is a unique art advising and creative consulting firm offering unrivaled access to art and cultural programming, producing tailor-made activations.
Founding partners Doreen Remen and Yvonne Force Villareal have decades of experience in the art world. After meeting at the Rhode Island School of Design, Doreen and Yvonne co-founded the Art Production Fund (APF) in 2000, becoming the lauded public art program it is today, and both still remain active on the APF Board of Directors.
In 2014, Doreen and Yvonne co-founded Culture Corps, specializing in the hospitality, retail, entertainment, corporate and real estate industries. Working with clients and acclaimed artists to realize custom programs, with consistent mission is to engage audiences with outstanding art. Culture Corps knows that by merging the relevant and dynamic visions of artists into everyday life, conversations are created that resonate throughout the community and into the world.
Doreen Remen - Founding Partner
Doreen Remen received her Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Architecture degrees from the Rhode Island School of Design, before going on to receive her Master of Science degree in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University in 1991.
Ms. Remen worked as an architect in New York City before co-founding the non-profit organization Art Production Fund (APF) in 2000. APF is responsible for collaborating with notable artists to launch and produce numerous public art installations. In 2012, Ms. Remen and APF co-founder Yvonne Force Villareal started Culture Corps as a way to work with select clients to bring significant artworks to highly-visible properties and corporations.
Most recently, Remen launched artmarkit.com, an aggregate shopping website for artist-designed merchandise from around the world. Ms. Remen has been a guest speaker at institutions including the Tyler School of Art, Brown University, The Rhode Island School of Design, The Sotheby’s Institute of Art, School of Visual Arts, and the New Museum.
Yvonne Force Villareal
- Founding Partner
Yvonne Force Villareal began her public career in the arts in 1995 as the President of Yvonne Force Inc. (YFI), an art advisory firm specializing in building and managing private collections and foundations.
As President of YFI, Ms. Force was backed in-part by the late Mr. Laurance S. Rockefeller to form a collection in support of contemporary artists. In 2000, Ms. Force co-founded Art Production Fund, a non-profit organization which continues to receive critical acclaim for producing ambitious, public art projects.
Ms. Force graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1988, with a degree in Fine Arts, and serves on the Boards of White Columns and RISD’s President’s Alumni Advisory Council.
Ms. Force has spoken on panels at many institutions and media outlets including Frieze Art Fair, Design Miami, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Yale University, School of Visual Arts (SVA), Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), The Today Show, and Bravo’s Work of Art, among others.
- Program Manager
Chrissy Hughes was born and raised in Oakland, California and received her Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art and Art History from the University of California, Davis. While studying abroad in Spain, she worked for a community arts organization mapping public art in Barcelona.
After working for a contemporary art gallery in San Francisco, Chrissy went on to receive her Master of Arts in Art, Space and Nature, an environmental public art program, from the University of Edinburgh, in Scotland. Her thesis concentrated on visualizing astronomical data as a means of environmental action. She has a deep love for art history, public art, and nature.