Yvonne Force Villareal, Co-Founder
Yvonne Force Villareal began her public career in the arts in 1995 as the President and Curator of Yvonne Force Inc. (YFI), a company backed in part by the late Mr. Laurance S. Rockefeller and established to support young contemporary artists by acquiring/lending their work. In 1998 YFI produced their first public art project, a performance by Vanessa Beecroft, titled “SHOW” at the Guggenheim Museum. The success of this work inspired Ms. Force to be the co-founder of Art Production Fund. Prior to establishing YFI she worked as Assistant Director at A/D gallery in Manhattan. Force graduated from The Rhode Island School of Design in 1988 with a degree in Fine Arts and has served on the Board of that Department since. She has served as a Board member for White Columns, the alternative gallery in Chelsea, since 1995 as well. Currently, Force is earning an MA in Interdisciplinary Studies at New York University, and is currently finishing her thesis. Ms. Force has been a guest lecturer at many institutions including: Frieze Art Fair, Yale University, SVA, FIT, and Art Center in Pasadena.
Doreen Remen, Co-Founder
Doreen Remen graduated in 1989 from The Rhode Island School of Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Architecture. She went on to earn her Masters degree in Architecture from Columbia University in 1991. She worked with a selection of architecture firms in NYC before co-Founding Art Production Fund in 2000. Committed to opening the world of contemporary art to a wider and more diverse audience Remen created and produced APFʼs series of Music Videos - collaborations between hip hop performers and visual artists. Completed videos with The Roots, Charlie Ahearn and Grandmaster Caz were seen on PBS, BETJ, at the Margaret Mead Film Festival and in exhibitions at The Bronx Museum, Fondazion Cartier, and The Film Forum in NYC. Remen has been a guest speaker at a number of institutions including the Tyler School of Art, Brown University, The Rhode Island School of Design, The Sotheby’s Institute of Art and the New Museum.
Most recently, Remen launched an aggregate shopping site for artist -designed merchandise from around the world called artmarkit.com.
Casey Fremont Crowe, Director
Casey grew up in New York City's Greenwich Village and graduated from Boston University in 2004 with a Bachelor of the Arts, major in Art History. She began working at Art Production Fund in the fall of 2004. While studying Art History in Boston, Casey spent the summers of 2000 and 2002 working as an intern at Art Production Fund, and Paul Kasmin Gallery in 2003. In September 2009 Casey Co-curated "That Was Then" at Rush Arts in New York, and in January 2010 Co-curated "Look Again" at Marlborough Gallery, New York. Casey serves on the Young Friends of Acria, advisory board and Co-Chairs the Coalition for the Homeless' Artwalk benefit.
Kathleen Lynch, Project Manager
Kathleen Lynch joined the Art Production Fund staff in 2012. Previously Kathleen worked for the French Ministry of Education and subsequently Galerie Jocelyn Wolff in Paris, France. Kathleen graduated from Rutgers University in 2010 with a Bachelor of the Arts in both Art History and French.