Category Archives: XQ Resident Updates

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Michael Pribbich Project Updates!

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Hello to all: Here is a small update on my projects in NJ and California: 
My work ‘The Americans” is included in the ‘Unreliable Narrator’ exhibit at Art House Gallery in Jersey City. It’s a very thoughtful show curated by Arthur Bruso and Raymond Mingst. This is the inaugural exhibit in the ground floor space of this revamped factory building. It is an interesting experience to visit the Jersey City location. Hoboken is the nearest train stop. Though gentrified there is a feeling of American History in these old buildings. The ghost of Marlon Brando is lurking.  There is a beautiful exhibition catalog available through Lulu:
Nov. 3 at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art begins the exhibit ‘Selections NYC’ group show of six NY artists: Louis Brawley, William Carroll, Brenda Goodman, Pamela Jordan, Bill Weiss and Michael Pribich. The opening reception is Friday, 6-9pm. I will be giving a talk along with Bill Weiss at the Museum on Thursday Nov. 2, 12pm-1pm. Bring your brown bag lunch!

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MICHAEL PRIBICH- XQ Resident Artist Upcoming Exhibitions 2017

Category : XQ Resident Updates


Hello to All, 
There are some changes to the upcoming art exhibitions that I am participating in.   Some additions and some subtractions:   
-Platform Art Fair that was supposed to be in Greenpoint, Brooklyn this week has been cancelled.  (Financial backing supporting the fair pulled out) 
Platform Film Festival remains intact.  
Location:  The venue has shifted to the Anthology Film Archive,  32 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003Date:  To be determined – sometime during the first week of October.  I will advise when this is nailed down.
My video Sift will be screened as part of the festival.  Sift was filmed in Tajikistan during the fall 2016 wheat harvest.   

I am included in the upcoming show Unreliable Narrator 
Curated by Arthur Bruso and Raymond Mingst
Art House Gallery, 300 Coles St Jersey City, NJ 07310.     Oct. 13- Dec. 8.
Opening reception Saturday Oct 14, 3-6pm
-San Luis Obispo Museum of Art:  Selections: NYC, Nov. 3 – Dec. 29.  
Opening reception Friday Nov. 3, 6-9pm
Artists included: Michael Pribich,  Louis Brawley, Bill Weiss, William Carroll, Brenda Goodman, Pamela Jordan
Maybe see you at one of the venues.    All the best!    
– Michael

Michael pribich


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YEN-HUA: 360 Xochi Quetzal Resident in Installation and Mixed Media

Category : XQ Resident Updates

A very talented Taiwanese artist, Yen-Hua, was here in Winter of 2014 as the 360 Xochi Quetzal Resident in Mixed Media. During her residency, Yen-Hua turned out more work than most visual artists complete in 6 months. Her energy and work are formidable. During her residency, she managed to arrange a 1-week exhibition at the Train Station. This month, Yen-Hua has returned to Chapala for a major month-long one-person exhibition at the new cultural center in the center of town.

Featuring wall paintings and installation with string that connected one wall to image on another wall, Yen-Hua continued to amaze her audience by her powerful mural size black and white imagery. Her work continues to resonate with themes about home, homeland, community and disconnection. In addition to the wall installations, we were also treated to two new videos featuring her artist books.

The artist was on hand at the opening to answer questions about her work and very interesting life.

Gallery is open from 10:00-2:00pm and 4:00-6:00pm daily.





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

Category : XQ Resident Updates

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


I visited the 360 Xochi Quetzal Artist Residency in Chapala, Mexico for the entire month of April 2017.  It was a perfect retreat for me.  I loved watching the cowboys ride in on their horses.  My work flourished, inspired by the other visiting artists and the tranquil nature of the town.  I went to Ajijic and attended figure drawing and portrait sessions up to three times per week.  I made new friends and felt encouraged in my writing and art making.  I am so glad I had a chance to participate in this program. Chapala is a perfect place to get your work done with little distraction.

Anna Roach, Mixed Media-Seattle,WA

360 Xochi Quetzal was my first residency and I loved every bit of it. The opportunity to get away and single-task toward my writing instead of routinely multitasking was priceless. My studio was cute, clean, and well-equipped. Deborah and Sandra were very approachable, helpful, and I loved connecting with fellow-residents from different disciplines too. Most of all, the location of our residence across from the Malecón buzzing with artisans, vendors and restaurants offered to me just the right balance of isolation toward focused work and a community around. I hope to return soon.

Namrata Poddar, Writer-California

My time in Chapala was pivotal for me as a writer. You can’t understand the effect Chapala has until you arrive. Its splashes of color, rhythms and scenic beauty will inspire you. Scribbling away at Café Paris, locals ambling by, a cool glass of beer sweating on the table… I felt like Hemingway. This residency gave all that to me and more. It is a gift I continue to cherish; a feeling I look back on when in need of encouragement, inspiration, and motivation.

Sean Hammer, Writer – New York City

Everyone comes to the residency for different reasons. For me it was a time to reflect upon this whirlwind past year. I lead a hectic life and often feel like I run from exhibition to exhibition without time for contemplation. I really needed to slow down and think about the next direction for my work. I got that and a lot more! I finished two small projects and reveled in the beautiful environment. I was able see the Monarch butterfly migration and experience an indigenous fiesta with my fellow artists. I left the residency refreshed, with new friends and purpose!

Jenny Angus, Installation Artist - Madison, WI

I had no expectations when I headed to Mexico for a personal residency, and the entire experience was a wonderful surprise. I loved Chapala: its realness, its people, the lake, the restaurants, and especially my casita where I could work outside on the patio. I met wonderful people that made my trip even more enjoyable. I had no agenda as I worked, but I was pondering an exhibition for the following December.  I didn’t realize until I returned home and began working on the show in earnest how beneficial the weeks in Chapala were.  I will certainly return.

Lori Goodman, Artist – Eureka, CA

My personal residency at 360 Xochi Quetzal was wonderfully productive and I would highly recommend it to anyone who has a creative project that requires some quiet, focused time.  The casita was lovely – spacious, fully furnished, very clean and stocked.  The residency hosts, Cobra and Christian, are welcoming, fun and engaging.  My casita was steps away from the Malecón and within walking or bike riding to Ajijic.  The locals are friendly and engaging-quick to suggest a favorite taco stand or even invite you to join them for a hike.  I will definitely be back!

Lenna Minion, Writer-Dubai

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-New Hampshire

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-New Hampshire
“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-Brussels
“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-Lawrence, KS

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, Sculptor-California

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-New York City

“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-San Francisco, CA

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-Oakland, CA

“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-Philadelphia, PA