Lorraine Stewart Force (1924- ) was born October 10, 1924 in Kansas City, Missouri. After graduating high school, Force went to study at the Kansas City Art Institute. In 1943 she married Frank Force and together they had two children.
Force attended Southwest Missouri State College where she graduated magna cum laude, with a bachlor's degree in art education in 1952. She earned her masters in administration and supervision from the University of Miami in 1961 and in 1968 earned her Ph. D. in art education and conservation design from Flordia State University. While earning her degrees, she taught school at both the secondary and college levels in Florida.
Force began her career at Appalachian State University in 1968 as a professor of art and art education. She remained at Appalachian until her retirement in 1986. While at ASU she served on numbers committees including the General College Council, Long Range Planning Committee, and the Art Education Committee. She also a member of numerous profession organizations such as the National Association of Educators of Art (NAEA) and the North Carolina Association of Educators of Art. Force has published several books dealing the art education.