Yvonne Force Villareal Co-founder, Art Production Fund

Yvonne Force Villareal co-founded Art Production Fund in 2000 with her dear friend, Doreen Remen, whom she met at Rhode Island School of Design. Art Production Fund (APF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to producing ambitious public art projects, reaching new audiences and expanding awareness through contemporary art. Projects include: SHOW, Vanessa Beecroft, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1998; FISCHERSPOONER: LA, performance, 2001; Keith + Farrah, collaborative exhibition by Keith Edmier and Farrah Fawcett, Los Angeles County Museum of Art and The Andy Warhol Museum, 2003; PLAN B, Rudolf Stingel summer 2004, Grand Central's Vanderbilt Hall and The Walker Art Center; Prada Marfa, Elmgreen & Dragset, Valentine, TX, 2005, permanent; Greeting Card, Aaron Young, Park Avenue Armory, 2007; Electric Fountain, Noble & Webster, Rockefeller Plaza, 2008; The Whitney Biennial, Park Avenue Armory, 2008. Kalup Linzy, Member's Only, Prospect. 1 New Orleans, 2008. Scribble, Karl Haendel, 2009; Kalup Linzy, Kembra Pfahler, Haim Steinbach, Proenza Schouler for Pitti W, Florence, Italy 2009; ART ADDS, Alex Katz, Shirin Neshat, Yoko Ono, New York City, 2010; PAUSE, Yoko Ono and T.J. Wilcox, Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas, NV, ongoing; White Ghost, Yoshitomo Nara, Park Avenue, NYC, 2010; Rob Pruitt: Holy Crap, Sotheby’s, New York City, 2010.

Force began her public career in the arts in 1995 as the President/Founder of Yvonne Force Inc., a company backed in part by the late Mr. Laurance S. Rockefeller and established to support young contemporary artists by acquiring/lending their work. Force graduated from RISD in 1988 with a degree in Fine Arts and has served on the Board of that Department since. While running her business she attended NYU graduate school and is currently working on her thesis. She has served as a Board member for White Columns since 1995. Ms. Force has been a guest lecturer at many institutions including: Frieze Art Fair, Yale University, SVA, FIT, Art Center in Pasadena and Museum of Modern art, NY. Yvonne appears as a guest judge in the new Bravo series “Work of Art” and has made appearances on Plum TV, Morning Style/Vogue TV, “Art Star”, and HDTV documentaries on Jeff Koons, Noble & Webster and Matthew Barney. She has been photographed and painted by luminary artists such as: Alex Katz, Lisa Yuskavage, Steven Klein, Wolfgang Tillmans, Juergen Teller, Todd Eberle and Mario Testino. Magazine features include French Vogue and American Vogue.