Culture Corps is a 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 expand their roles as cultural entrepreneurs. The firm collaborates with notable artists, designers and visionaries to create unforgettable experiences across the hospitality, retail, entertainment, corporate and real estate spaces. The consultancy offers art advisory, brand collaboration, licensing and site-specific cultural programming services and manages all aspects of each project. Culture Corps recognizes unique opportunities in each initiative, from globe-spanning public works to exquisite, tailor-made private collections. From inception to realization, the Culture Corps team curates exceptional programs for their clientele, continuously engaging viewers with outstanding art.
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.
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 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. Her studies concentrated on ceramic and painting studio practice, along with post-modern art history. 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, for multiple years, as well as an interior design firm, 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. Chrissy recently worked for an arts non-profit, rounding out her experience in both the public and private sector art worlds.
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.