Category Archives: XQ Resident Updates

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

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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 Hickory Grove, Arkansas in a family of farmers, factory workers, hunters, trappers, musicians, and cockfighters. He continues to use that family farm where he grew up as a source for materials in his studio work and as a base for multiple projects.

His creative practice questions reality. He seriously explores our best current understanding of the structure of reality while also often playing trickster. Currently, that exploration questions our contemporary view of the universe as revealed through physics.

Though always focused on developing new technical skills on his own, he has a varied formal art education. His nine years of studying art at university include a year spent studying Maori art in New Zealand and an MFA from Cornell University.

His 2011 release of SEEK, a biennial of art showcasing the work of 100 artists—all of whom he invented and created the artwork for himself, garnered widespread attention. The project was featured in a TED talk, a half-hour NPR interview, and in a six page profile in the New York Times Sunday Magazine. This biennial aimed at a broad, general audience was a compelling exploration of what truly makes art meaningful while slyly questioning the business practices and hype of the contemporary art world.

He is currently represented by Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery in New York and by the Wylie Literary Agency



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TOWN supports Harlem Exhibition

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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 a message of multiculturalism and inclusiveness.  The works explore immigration, cross-cultural existence, intersectionality, religion, politics, and current world events with an artistic vision to encourage empathy, understanding and tolerance.
FEATURED ARTISTS: Alice Mizrachi, Aya Rodriguez-Izumi, FEEGZ – Carlos Jesus Martinez Dominguez, Jenevieve Reid, Michael Pribich, MOOSH, Noreen Dean Dresser, Suprina, Tammy Nguyen, Uday K. Dhar and Xavier Roux
OPENING RECEPTION: Wednesday, JAN 4, 6:00 – 9:00 PM
LOCATION: JCC Harlem, 318 West 118th Street
The “Allusions” exhibition runs until April 15, 2017
The show opened last Wednesday, and they kind of featured my video projection. It was a big night for me.  City Council members spoke, Borough President Ruth Messenger spoke. (not about me, but for the space). Anyway it was good.  First time showing video, first time with a projection. It was real exciting, and it nearly killed me to get it done.  So much technology. required between devices that don’t speak to each other! -Michael

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And the Winners Are….

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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-hammerSean Hammer is a young novelist from New York City, who bravely chose a career in writing over law. His writing is breathtaking, moving, and deeply contemplative. He will be working on a novel that spans three countries and eighty years. He sometimes writes on his beloved bright orange Smith Corona Karmann Ghia Super G manual typewriter, which will accompany him to Chapala.


unnamedHeidi Souffriau describes her original writing in equally original terms. She sees herself as a recordist, one who records dreams and conversations. Her intention is “to make people laugh and to transfer a feeling of awe towards the peculiar magic of everyday life” and to enable her readers “to meet with the poetry in their own existence.” She draws inspiration from shamanic tradition and tribal life.



louisLouis Chinn is a musician, performance artist, puppeteer and educator from Oakland, CA. Chinn’s Chinese and First Nation roots are seamlessly integrated into his tribal and nature inspired global music, which he creates in a manner more commonly used by collage artists. His multi-media work fuses social activism, community building and awareness of one’s self in the context of nature. He is excited about connecting and collaborating with Chapala’s extensive music and art community.


jennifer-angusJennifer Angus comes to us as an installation artist with an impressive international reputation. 360 Xochi Quetzal not only supports emerging artists, but also rewards and celebrates those who have stayed the creative course for decades. Jennifer, an art professor at the University of Wisconsin, is best known for her highly decorative and powerful wallpaper installations that are composed from insects. She explores the dualities of home and comfort as contrasted by the disgust and uncleanliness generally associated with insects. It seems only natural that she has been drawn to Mexico, home of Cochineal the magnificent red dye harvested from bugs.


santiagoSantiago Galeas is a wildly talented young Latino painter from Philadelphia. In an art world dominated by painting, Santiago’s oil portraits of people of color are truly spectacular and original. It is very exciting to support such a young artist (25) and see where his career will take him.


In addition to these five talented residents, we also welcome Louis’s creative partner, Meng Yu, who collaborates with him and is a visual artist. Jennifer’s son Sasa will be joining her for two weeks to assist her in the studio. And rounding out our creative community, two other writers will also be in Chapala: our writing juror and Poet Laureate of New Hampshire, Alice B. Fogel and acclaimed Iranian-American novelist Anita Amirezanni, who will be here on personal residencies. For more information about the 360 Xochi Quetzal Residency in Mexico including personal residencies:

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Alice B. Fogel Wins NH Literary Award

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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

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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 the rice workers in Ozgun, Kyrgyzstan and the blacksmiths in Osh.  Both the Pamir and Ozgun regions have been farming in the current locations for over 2000 years.  Hand processes are still utilized.  I plan to use this imagery to create new video works that reflect the ongoing labor practices.  I recognize a link in these very old work processes, and present day labor necessity in the economically developed world.  Additionally the environmental impact is a source of knowledge.  Knowing about these farmers and laborers is the opposite of globalization – the world seems a bigger place instead of smaller.
I am included in two current exhibitions:
Converging Visions, curated by Maria Dominguez at Medgar Evers College, Brooklyn, NY;   Sept 15 – Oct. 28, 2016
Bringing Brooklyn To Norfolk, curated by Patrick Todd, Gallery 21, Norfolk, Virginia; Sept 23 – Nov. 5, 2016
Upcoming exhibits:
60 Americans, curated by Terrence Sanders, Makeshift Museum, 1855 Industrial St, Arts District, LA, CA,  Oct. 22 – Nov. 25, 2016
– Artist Couples, Group Exhibition, Taller Boricua, New York, NY, November.  Details coming.


The 360 Xochi Quetzel Personal Residency Program was a perfect place for me to focus on my children’s book. I wanted an authentic Mexico experience where I would be submersed in the culture and language. Chapala was easy to get around and affordable. The Lopez Cotilla casita was cool, breezy and comfortable. It had everything I needed. I woke up in the morning to hummingbirds buzzing around a tree outside my window. Sunsets were beautiful from the outdoor terrace and an occasional dramatic thunderstorm just to let you know who is really in charge around here. Muchas Gracias!!

Kristin Balouch, Writer, Brooklyn NY

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