Our Artists

Artists in Residence

Read in-depth interviews and testimonials from the resident artists at 360 Xochi Quetzal. They will inspire you to apply for the free residency program.

Visiting Artists

There comes a time when every creative person needs some dedicated time to focus on their artwork, music or writing. Our personal residency program is designed for you.

Local Artists

Lake Chapala has attracted artists for decades! Read about artists, writers and musicians who have made Chapala their home.

Recent Blog Posts

2015 XQ Artist, Shea Hembrey Awarded 2017 Artist in Residency at Scupture Space

One of our resident artists from 2015, Shea Hembrey, is currently an artist in residency at Sculpture Space in Utica, New York.  This is a 2-month residency with 24/7 access to huge studio space and a studio assistant.
Shea Hembrey, Newport, AR
Residency: July-August 2017
Shea Hembrey grew up on a dirt road in rural

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Judith Mullen to Speak at Ukrainian Institute of Art in Chicago

Judith was a finalist for the Residency Program. She is a Chicago-based painter and sculptor. http://judithmullen.com/art/Exhibitions  She is represented by Linda Warren Projects in Chicago  http://lindawarrenprojects.com/artists/judith-mullen/
Judith, along with 3 other artists will be speaking on February 19th, 2pm at the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art In Chicago, Illinos (2230 W. Chicago Ave).

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Reducing my Dose, Unblocking my Muse

Read the New York Times Opinion article written by former XQ Resident Diana Spechler
I’m spending a month at an artist residency in central Mexico, where I’ve befriended a local healer named Katuza who believes in the spirit world. He believes in the power of plants, especially peyote. He believes in the temescal (sweat

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Important Message from the President & CEO of Americans for the Arts


January 26, 2017
Dear Americans for the Arts Members and Friends,
I am writing to you today about the status of federal funding for the arts in the new Administration and U.S. Congress and about what you should do right now and over the coming months.
Last week on

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TOWN supports Harlem Exhibition

Darshai, Michael Pribich, Still image from Sift, video filmed in Badakhshan, Tajikistan fall 2016

Allusions includes two-dimensional artworks and multi-dimensional (some interactive) installations presented by eleven uptown artists hailing from vastly different backgrounds and upbringings who share

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And the Winners Are….

Winners of the 360 Xochi Quetzal 2016 Winter Residency
This year we have invited two writers, two visual artists and one musician to attend the residency in Chapala, Mexico. They are all engaged in exciting work and span four decades of ages, and hail from all over the US and Europe.
Sean Hammer is

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Alice B. Fogel Wins NH Literary Award

Former XQ Resident, Alice B. Fogel´s  latest book, Interval, has just won the NH Literary Award in Poetry!
You can find Alice´s latest book HERE

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MICHAEL PRIBICH-2015 XQ Resident Artist Upcoming Exhibitions

Hello Everybody,
I want to share some news about current and future work projects.  I’ve been in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan the last month collecting video and audio from different labor sites.  Initially I went to record the wheat harvest in the Badakshan region of the Pamirs.  I discovered additional people to work with including

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Andrew Morgan-Voyage to Scorpion Island, The Video

Amazing video from Andrew Morgan.  Beautiful footage of migrating birds, holiday lights, fireworks, and sunrises/sunsets captured during his Winter 2015 residency here in Chapala, set to the beautiful piece composed by Andrew inspired by his visit to Scorpion Island.

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Voyage to Scorpion Island- Andrew Morgan

Andrew Morgan, 360 Xochi Quetzal Resident (Winter 2015) recently announced completion of the main piece of music he was working on during his residency.  Inspired by his day trip to Scorpion Island on Lake Chapala, it is appropriately named Voyage to Scorpion Island.
Andrew is in the process of making this recording available for download

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Shirley and Iris: a short play by Sandra A. Daley-Sharif

Hello Friends,

Join me for a reading of my short play “Shirley and Iris”.  Shirley is a retired 75 year old woman who recently lost her husband. Just as Shirley is ready to start a new chapter in her life, she is now charged to care for her 96 year old mother,

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Chiaroscuro Contemporary Art presents: Gayle Crites – Ancient Colors

Please join us for the opening reception, Friday, July 8, from 5-7pm.
Exhibition runs through August 7
Gayle Crites’ new body of work, Ancient Colors , builds upon her previous solo exhibitions at Chiaroscuro by drawing connections between the ancient and contemporary. Her contemporary artwork in  Ancient Colors symbolically connects ancient philosophy with values of the modern world and explores the shared wisdom

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The most important new art museum in North America is not in the U.S., but in Mexico.

Opening to huge acclaim in Mexico and nary any in ours, the Museum of the International Baroque in Puebla is unique — there is simply nothing like it in any other city or country.
Conceived by a distinguished Mexican diplomat and educator, Jorge Alberto Lozoya, it was taken on by the then-new governor of the state of

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Become a Host for Feria Maestros del Arte

Volunteer to particpate in hosting an artist for November 10, 11, and 12 (actual Feria dates are November 11-13)
Experience a fulfilling emotional reward from your support of these artists.  New cross-cultural bonds are formed every year betweent artists and hosts.  You will be helping preserve vital Mexican traditions by supporting artists who wish to

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Becky Kaiser

Welcome to Visiting Artist Becky Kaiser!

Becky Kaiser is a fiction writer from Minneapolis. Her work has been published in PANK, South Dakota Review, and Liminalities. Her stories and novel excerpts have been shortlisted for the Masters Review annual anthology, named a finalist in contests at the Mid-American Review, Beecher’s Magazine, Kore Press, SLS-Disquiet and Press53. She’s received grants from the Vermont Studio Center and from the Jeanne M. Leiby

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Read the Interview with Michael Pribich

Read an interview with resident artist Michael Pribich from New York City. Michael Pribich is an artist’s artist who attended 360 Xochi Quetzal in the spring of 2015. His work is smart, embedded with meaning, beautiful, both pleasing and challenging, often monumental and deeply informed by sense of place. Read about and see Michael’s class and

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Jenny Mueller-XQ Resident Update

Jenny Mueller is the author of Bonneville (2007) and the forthcoming State Park (2017), both from Elixir Press. Her poems have been published in journals including Colorado Review, American Literary Review, Crazyhorse, Interim, New American Writing and Hinchas de Poesia. She lives in south St. Louis and teaches across the river at McKendree University in

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Pelicans in Winter!

Lake Chapala hosts 5,000 White Pelicans each winter, representing about three percent of the total population which is estimated at 180,000 birds. The vast majority of the Lake Chapala birds are found toward the eastern end of the lake where there is more natural marshland. These appearance of these swanlike birds are a must see

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National Creative Placemaking Fund is Accepting Proposals

$10.5 million is available to fund projects that work with artists and arts organizations help build stronger, healthier communities anywhere in the United States.
If you are thinking about a project that:

Focuses on a neighborhood or other geographic community
Is looking to work on a community challenge related to agriculture/food; economic development; education/youth;

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Proposal for a Mobile Art Van by The Art Garden

Watch the video proposal for a mobile art van that would travel to isolated parts of Western Massachusetts, bringing art and creative projects to populations of people with little access to the arts.
Spearheaded by Jane Breatrice Wegscheider , Executive Director of  The Art Garden in Shelburne Fall, Mass., who has visited 360 Xochi Quetzal

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Apply NOW for the Winter 2017 Free Residency!