About Art Production Fund

Mission

Art Production Fund is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to commissioning and producing ambitious public art projects, reaching new audiences and expanding awareness through contemporary art.

Board of Directors

Vanessa Arelle, Fabiola Beracasa, Hugh Bush, Lea Carpenter Brokaw, Jessica Craig-Martin, Mark Fletcher, Yvonne Force Villareal, Jane Holzer, Steven Klein, Doreen Remen, Amy Sacco and Stuart Sundlun.

Focus

APF primarily acts as a producer, offering guidance to the artist and bringing together the individuals, institutions, and resources needed to realize and promote projects. It also works to educate the public about contemporary art and share its expertise with individual artists and other emerging art producing organization. APF selects its project with the aim of reaching wide audiences and reducing the physical as well as the psychic distance of cultural, class, linguistic, racial and income barriers that may hinder participation in contemporary art. Projects take place where people live and work and an extensive website brings the projects to a worldwide audience.  

Collaborating Organization

Collaboration is a core element in APF’s programming model; its partnerships with private and non-profit institutions contribute to the successful realization of elaborate and complex public art projects, which enable participating artists to make connections outside their traditional networks. APF works with each partner to maximize and leverage their own unique assets and special expertise to achieve enhanced economies of scale which otherwise would not be possible to achieve. Most importantly, APF’s contemporary art interventions in public sites have helped to promote greater arts and social awareness.

History

APF, founded by Curators Yvonne Force Villareal and Doreen Remen in 2000, is a non-profit arts organization dedicated to providing artists with necessary production assistance for complex, difficult-to-realize projects, often of a multidisciplinary nature. As a leading producer and presenter of bold new commissions and ambitious site-specific projects around the country, APF offers artists financial, technical and logistical support from the early planning stages until project completion. The organization operates on a modest scale, enabling it to respond to opportunities in a timely manner and to commission risk-taking projects, which require production support and expertise in the field of public art. By partnering strategically with other institutions, APF is able to expand its capacity in order to meet the requirements which complex projects demand. These public art commissions challenge artists to work outside the confines of their normal practice, subsequently propelling their careers to the next level.

APF projects are presented in highly visible, unexpected venues across the country reaching passersby and art audiences alike. They include: Art Adds on the tops of taxis and After Hours, murals on the roll-down store shutters in New York City as well as permanent public art works as in the Elmgreen and Dragset, Prada Marfa installation located beside a West Texas highway, among many others. APF’s eclectic, socially relevant projects range from video and performance to street art and immersive installations. APF’s initiatives of provocative, groundbreaking public art are reflective of the organization’s commitment to increasing the public’s understanding of contemporary art by offering unique opportunities to experience some of the most important art of our time.