About Elvis Lopez

< Executive Artist Director Curator
Ateliers ’89 Director Academia di Bellas Artes Aruba
November 2006 – Present (11 years 3 months)
Giving workshops, organizing exhibits, lectures and Caribbean LInked

Artist-Curator Director
Ateliers ’89 Foundation, Dominicanessenstreet 34 , Oranjestad, Aruba
October 2006 – Present (11 years 4 months)
Preparing students enrolling in a major academy of fine arts, realizing workshops, lectures, exhibitions , theater, fashion shows etc. beying the platform for the local and International arts. Caribbean Linked program.

Margriet Kruyver

Margriet Kruyver is an art historian, head of department and tutor at the Audiovisual Department (VAV), Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam. Previously, she worked at Arti et Amicitae, an Artists’ Society in the heart of Amsterdam, where she curated exhibitions, wrote articles on art and made catalogues and books. Her current practice at the Rietveld involves giving direction to the department and together with her team, she organizes student-projects, exhibitions, and publications.

In 2005, Margriet started working with the Ateliers ’89, and in 2008 Gerrit van der Hout joined the organization. Together they curate the program and look for funding in order to make Ateliers ’89 the lively Institute where young people and the public of the island can discover their artistic endeavours and develop them. With several Caribbean institutes like Fresh Milk, ARC Magazine, and the IBB, Margriet works on Caribbean Linked bridging the gap between the islands by stimulating dialogue on contemporary art practice. Margriet is a jury member for the Prins Bernhard Cultuur Fonds (Netherlands).

Gerrit van der Hout

Gerrit van der Hout was born in Amsterdam in 1951 and studied history at the University of Amsterdam. In 1987, he co-wrote the book highlighting the 150th anniversary of Artist Society / Arti et Amicitiae (For Art and Friendship). After that he stayed involved with Arti as an assistant to Margriet Kruyver, organizing exhibitions and raising funds to enable various projects. Gerrit continued working as the coordinator for Arti from 1996 until 2001. In 2001, Gerrit was appointed Head Building and Design at the Bonnefantenmuseum in Maastricht in the Netherlands. In 2008, Gerrit began working with Margriet Kruyver and Elvis Lopez in support of the organization Ateliers ’89 in Oranjestad, Aruba. Together they are responsible for the fundraising for Ateliers ’89 and Caribbean Linked and the coordination of their programs.