ABOUT US

Culture Corps is a leading creative consultancy founded by Doreen Remen and Yvonne Force Villareal. Building on decades of art world experience, the partners established Culture Corps in 2014 to strategize and implement innovative arts and culture programs for businesses across multiple industries. Offering art advisory, brand collaboration, and cultural programming services, Culture Corps brings the integrity, talent, and popular appeal of great artists into the everyday. Through tailor-made artistic interventions, we strengthen the identity of our distinguished clients and enhance the experience of their audience.

 
 

Doreen Remen
Founding Partner


Doreen Remen began her career as an architect before translating her love of public structures and cityscapes to the field of public art. In 2000, Ms. Remen co-founded Art Production Fund (APF), a non-profit organization with the mission to realize large-scale projects and engage new audiences. Committed to pushing the envelope of public art, Ms. Remen, together with co-founder Yvonne Force Villareal, grew APF into a legendary mainstay of the art world. Spearheading a national program of outdoor installations, including iconic installations such as Ugo Rondinone’s Seven Magic Mountains in Las Vegas, NV and Elmgreen & Dragset’s Prada Marfa in Marfa, Texas, Ms. Remen and Ms. Force have created a new narrative of American public art.

Ms. Remen and Ms. Force started Culture Corps in 2014 to address a growing awareness of and demand for significant, high quality art among a corporate clientele. Culture Corps nurtures this new frontier in hospitality, retail, entertainment, and real estate, in which Ms. Remen connects her expertise in public art to her first love of architecture. Curating custom programs for highly-visible properties and corporations, Ms. Remen and Ms. Force believe in engaging audiences through thoughtful and client-minded art.

Doreen Remen graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1989 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Architecture. She earned a Master’s degree in Architecture from Columbia University in 1991. Ms. Remen serves on the Board of Art Production Fund and has been a guest speaker at institutions including the Tyler School of Art, Brown University, Columbia University, The Rhode Island School of Design, The Sotheby’s Institute of Art, School of Visual Arts, and the New Museum, among others.

 
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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 (APF), a non-profit organization dedicated to commissioning and producing significant public art projects, reaching new audiences and expanding awareness through contemporary art. Together with co-founder Doreen Remen, the leaders grew APF into an ambitious national program of outdoor installations that include: Ugo Rondinone’s Seven Magic Mountains in Las Vegas, NV; Elmgreen & Dragset’s Prada Marfa in Marfa, Texas.

Expanding on their role as cultural entrepreneurs, in 2014 the duo established Culture Corps, a creative consultancy firm offering art advisory, artist brand collaboration, and cultural programming services with a focus in the hospitality, retail, entertainment, corporate and real estate industries. In working with private sector clientele and acclaimed artists to curate custom programs, their consistent goal is (and always has been) to create opportunities for artistic expression and viewer participation.

Ms. Force graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1988 with a degree in Fine Arts and serves on the Boards of Art Production Fund, 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), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), The Today Show, and Bravo’s Work of Art, among others. Publication features include: Vogue, New York Magazine, W, Cultured, Avenue and Manhattan Magazine.

 

Chrissy Hughes
Associate Director of Cultural Programming


Chrissy Hughes brings years of art world experience in both the public and private sectors to her role as Associate Director of Cultural Programming. Born and raised in the Bay Area, she received a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art and Art History from the University of California, Davis with a concentration on ceramic and painting studio practice, along with post-modern art history. Chrissy also holds a 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. Previously she has managed a contemporary art gallery in San Francisco and was a lead project manager for an interior design firm. Chrissy also has worked for multiple arts non-profits including a community arts organization mapping public art in Barcelona, Spain, as well as a printmaking organization in New York City. She has a deep love of public art, which fuels her daily.

 
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Melissa Jacobs
Associate Director of Art Advisory


Melissa Jacobs joined Culture Corps in February 2018. As Associate Director of Art Advisory, she plays a pivotal role in the company’s curatorial endeavors and is responsible for managing top client relationships. Melissa works closely with artists and clients, placing and acquiring works of art within the private sector. Melissa graduated cum laude from New York University with a Bachelors of Fine Art, and earned her Master's of Art from Sotheby's Institute, specializing in contemporary art.

Melissa was born and raised in Greenwich, Connecticut. She currently serves on the New York Steering Committee for UNICEF NextGen, where she focuses on art as a vehicle for change, and is a Sustaining Young Fellow at The Frick Collection, serving on the curatorial committee.

 
 

Sonja Haroldson
Program and Executive Assistant


Born and raised in Seattle, Washington, Sonja Haroldson graduated summa cum laude from New York University in 2017 with a BFA in Studio Art, a concentration in painting and scultpure, and a minor in Urban Design and Architecture Studies. She has since worked for various organizations, earning experience in an array of fields from studio assistance, to graphic design, to project and database coordination and management. Haroldson joined Culture Corps as Program and Executive Assistant in January, 2019.

 
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