Artists in Residence

If you are curious about the resident artists, please read some of the interviews. They will give you a feel for the kinds of people we are looking for and you will learn more their experiences at 360 Xochi Quetzal and their creative process during the residency.

 

360 Xochi Quetzal Winners

 

Catherine Armbrust, Columbia, MO –  Fiber/Mixed media
Read the Interview with Catherine Armbrust

Justin Lytle, Seattle, WA  – Sound artist/Sculpture
Read the Interview with Justin R. Lytle

Yuki Shiroi, Berlin, GERMANY – Muralist
Read the Interview with Yuki Shiroi

Karen Lentz, Los Angeles, CA – Non-fiction writer
Read the Interview with Karen Lentz

Donald Bruce Wright, Los Gatos, CA – Painter
Read the Interview with Donald Bruce Wright

Julia Feld, San Jose, CA – Ceramic artist

Irene de Craen, Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS – Art critic

Elizabeth Boubion, Oakland, CA – Dancer/Choreographer

Liz Cooperman, Seattle, WA – Writer/Essayist

Emmanuel Abreu, New York, NY – Videographer/Photographer

Christopher Perez, Ramallah, PALESTINE – Poet

Ben Hjertmann, Chicago, IL – Musician/Composer

Gareth Bunting, Sheffield, ENGLAND – Ink Drawings

Michael Romero, Austin, TX -Musician

Kathleen Nowak Tucci, Atmore, AL – Jewelry

Raphel Dagold, Salt Lake City, UT – Poet

Yen-Hua Lee, Taipai, TAIWAN – Installation/Drawing

Louise Saxton, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA – Fiber
Read the Interview with Louise Saxton

Gloria Clunie, Evanston, IL – Playwright

Jenine Shereos, Somerville, MA – Mixed media

Hollie Thompson, New York, NY – Lithographer

John Hughes, Brattleboro, VT – Musician

Gwen Florio, Missoula, MT – Fiction writer

Luke Dani Blue, Oakland, CA – Writer/Poet

Tanya Crane, Colorado Springs, CO – Jewelry/Sculpture

Diana Spechler, Dallas, TX – Fiction writer

Kristina Darling, Ballwin, MO – Poet/Literary critic

Sienna Dahlen, Toronto, CANADA – Singer/Songwriter

Michael Pribich, New York, NY – Sculpture/Installation
Read the Interview with Michael Pribich

Jenny Mueller, St. Louis, MO Poet

Andrew Leventis, Charlotte, NC – Painter

Aida Gamez, Berkeley, CA – Drawing

Andrew Morgan, Lawrence, KS – Musician/Composer

Chad Eschman, Los Angeles, CA – Playwright/Actor
Read the Interview with Chad Eschman

Jackie Edwards, Wexford, IRELAND – Painter

Suzanne Rivecca, San Francisco, CA – Novelist

Shea Hembrey, Newport, AR -Mixed Media/Performance


Testimonials

We have one word to describe the our experience here at 360 Xochi Quetzal, and that is MAGIC! The casita is very spacious, allowing for lots of room to create. It is very comfortable and clean, and has everything you could possibly need for your personal residency. We especially enjoy spending time on the relaxing balcony. Cobra and Chris are available and very helpful. The Residency Handbook in the casita addresses all of our questions in detail and offers suggestions for things to try around the area. You will often hear live music in the early evening from the Malecon. It feels very safe here, and even more secure having the Red Cross right across the street. It has been a wonderful experience, and Kristen and I  would like to return each year.

Orion Kugel,Photographer

We have one word to describe the our experience here at 360 Xochi Quetzal, and that is MAGIC! The casita is very spacious, allowing for lots of room to create. It is very comfortable and clean, and has everything you could possibly need for your personal residency. We especially enjoy spending time on the relaxing balcony. Cobra and Chris are available and very helpful. The Residency Handbook in the casita addresses all of our questions in detail and offers suggestions for things to try around the area. You will often hear live music in the early evening from the Malecon. It feels very safe here, and even more secure having the Red Cross right across the street. It has been a wonderful experience, and Orion and I would like to return each year.

Kristen Pobatschnig, Painter
“Applying for the free Winter residency of Xochi Quetzal was the start of many positive transformations. The silence I found for myself during the residency, allowed me not only to write the best last chapter I can write at this stage of my evolution, it also granted me a most sought-after introspection moment during which I read my dreams and studied ancient Eastern writings. The serenity of the lake and presence of other artists inspired me to get mentally ready and organized for my future as a novelist. I am particularly fond of spending the holidays abroad with ‘strangers’. It always infuses me with these wild insights and whims. Our group was just lovely, the artists one by one very interesting. Cobra and Christian are warm and graceful hosts who made life easy. All in all, Xochi Quetzal was a weighty meditation, a poetic experience that carried me through the rest of Mexico in newness and will resonate long after.”
Heidi Souffriau, Writer
“I was partly inspired to apply for the Xochi Quetzal residency by The Retro Cocktail Hour — a popular Saturday night radio show on Kansas Public Radio 91.5 that features exotica music (a form of tropical jazz).  My hope was for the palm trees,  lakeside sunrises, and culture of Chapala & Mexico at large to inform my creative process.  These elements did precisely that, and the generous hospitality of Cobra & her partner Christian provided me with a cozy composing environment.”
Note from Staff: Listen to the music created during Andrew’s residency -Winter 2016
Andrew Morgan, Composer, Musician

Chapala is a safe, spiritually charged, beautiful place. Wild horses run through town.  It’s a place where you greet strangers on the street.

I walked along the lake in meditation a great deal. I hiked the looming cerro overlooking town. I biked all over the countryside. I wrote, documented, created composed soundscapes utilizing field recordings, and built small maquette light sculptures based on my experiences. I attended traditional temazcals, and sat alone in cathedrals.

It was pivotal for me in a spiritual sense more than a career advancing experience. I’m very grateful for it, and Deborah Kruger is a wonderful advocate to keep in contact with. I truly recommend the residency.

Justin R. Lytle, Sound Artist & Sculptor

My residency at 360 Xochi Quetzal in summer 2015 was both restorative and productive.  I was inspired by the beautiful studio and the surrounding Chapala  / Jalisco region.  The setting worked well for me in terms of inspiring and completing new work, and learning the history and customs of the area.  The flexible residency requirements allowed an easy engagement with other residents, and encouraged me to participate in Chapala and Guadalajara communities.  There are many contemporary art venues in Guadalajara, which are an easy bus ride from Chapala.

Michael Pribich, Sculptor

“Not only was this residency situated in one of the most beautifully mystical, culturally resonant, and stimulating settings imaginable, it also managed to be both peaceful and galvanizing: the perfect combination for immersing oneself in a creative project without hesitation or distraction. Deborah and Christian’s home was an oasis. One of my fellow residents remarked to me that “this place has amazing energy for getting work done,” and I wholeheartedly agree: the atmosphere seemed to hum with a low-key, generative productivity, one that helped me get closer than I’d been in many months to actually fully realizing and finishing a long story. I wish I was still there among the bougainvillea, the jade vines, the dogs and the pelicans.”

Suzanne K. Rivecca, Author

Chapala has become my home away from home. The Xochi Quetztal residency is run efficiently. Cobra and her team are friendly, accessible, and professional. My stay in Chapala is enhanced by the personal relationships I have developed with several of the team members. The casita I stay in is very well maintained and fully equipped. The studio area is large and ready for me to engage in art as soon as I arrive.  The weather is always fantastic. The lake, the town(s), the life, the restaurants, the view, the very friendly local people all call me back again and again. I love it!

Zahava Sherez, Sculptor

“This was the most work I’ve ever done in a single month in my life. I will never forget what an incredible experience this was and I thank you for honoring me with a residency at 360 Xochi Quetzal. The reference material I gathered throughout the trip to Chapala, Mexico is going to fuel my work for years to come. Thank you for everything! You run an incredible residency program!!!”

Santiago Galeas, Painter