Free Residency Overview

6a0133ed05424c970b017d3c718ee2970cThe 360 XOCHI QUETZAL Artist and Writer’s Residency Program is located in Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico on the shores of the largest lake in the country where the perfect year-round climate and stunning lake and mountain views have long established the region as an international artist mecca. We now offer four live/work spaces. Residents will be inspired by the natural beauty, history and culture of this special part of central Mexico. Chapala is located 25 minutes from Guadalajara International Airport and 45 minutes from Guadalajara, one of the largest cities in Mexico boasting abundant cultural resources: museums, galleries, theatre and artist supplies. Xochi Quetzal is the Aztec goddess of creativity and fertility and protector of artisans. She is sure to inspire you during your stay!

MISSION: Our aim is to support artists, writers and musicians who would benefit from having uninterrupted time to devote to their creativity. By providing free housing and five gourmet meals per week, we hope that our residents can make artistic progress without the stress and distractions of daily life.

CRITERIA: National and International visual artists, photographers, dancers, writers, playwrights,  new media makers and musicians over the age of 23 are welcome to apply for the competitive residency. We base our selections on artists who demonstrate artistic accomplishment, submit a well-conceived residency project, indicate that this residency will make a significant impact and provide evidence of the self-reliance required for a residency in the developing world.  Two-person collaborative teams are also encouraged to apply.

JURORS: There is a team of 3 jurors who evaluate all the applications.  Read more about them in JURORS.

 RESIDENCY DATES:   Winter residency:  New resisendcy date will be announced in January 2018.  Additional residencies will be announced to our mailing list. To add your name, please click on the box at the top of our webpage: www.360xochiquetzal.com.  You may also write to us in either English or Spanish at 360xochiquetzal@gmail.com

 WINTER DEADLINE AND NOTIFICATION: The 2017 Residents will be announced shortly.  The deadline for 2018 will be announced to our mailing list in January.  Please join our mailing list to receive updates about deadlines and other opportunities.

APPLICATION GUIDELINES: You MUST submit your application through the CAFE website: www.callforentry.org Applications without work samples will not be considered. Applicants can upload 3 images for Visual Artists, 1 -2 videos/audios for Musicians, and a 5-page writing sample for Writers (10 pages for Playwrights). Please familiarize yourself with CAFE which is a great website with many other artist listings and opportunities (see specifications below for more details). We do not accept email entries.

ONE-MONTH RESIDENCY APPLICATION FEE AND DISCOUNT: The application fee for the competitive  one-month residency is $39.00. Take advantage of our 20% Early Bird Discount for applications received before June 25, 2017. Artists who are re-applying for one-month qualify for a $9 discount using our Coupon Codes. Only one discount will apply. You can download more information about Fees and Discounts from our website: DISCOUNTS

APPLICATION SPECIFICATIONS: You may download more information about how to apply a Discount Code, How to Check Out and file specifications for video and writing submissions on our website: http://360xochiquetzal.com/how-to-apply/

RESIDENCY AWARD: Winners of the competitive residency receive a free live/work space for one month.  Two writing residents will reside in the main residency house, which is in a hacienda style home with individual bedrooms/work spaces and shared living/dining room space.  We have several live/work spaces a few doors away that have a private kitchen, living room, bedroom and full bathroom and are geared towards musicians and visual artists.  Your residency also includes free wi-fi, all utilities, laundry on premises, weekly maid service and a 27 page Residency Handbook.

OUR NEW GUEST CHEF PROGRAM: The guest chef (who will be announced at the end of the summer), will develop menus based on locally available fruits, vegetables and meats. Residents will not only be able to look forward to exciting and innovative meals, but also be relieved of time in the kitchen, enabling them to focus more time on their work. We are extremely excited to be able to add this benefit to our residency program.

COSTS:  You are responsible for your travel to and from Mexico. It is easy and safe to take an airport taxi which will cost $400 pesos to Chapala. Download driving directions from our Facebook Page: 360 Xochi Quetzal (join us too!). You will also need to pay for your local transportation, entertainment and some additional food. International calls can be made via skype or by getting a local cell plan from IUSAcell (ATT affiliate). Food is inexpensive in Mexico, typically costing about  $20/week US.  Eating out is quite affordable with meals costing  $3 – 10 US.

 

6a0133ed05424c970b01bb08c8c1ca970d-800wiSTUDIO SPACE AND EQUIPMENT: For both personal and competitive residencies, we provide work tables and wall space for visual artists, desks and free wi-fi for writers.  There is a professional easel for painters.  Our Lower Casita has a Cres sample kiln for ceramic artists, which can fire up to con 6 and is suitable for small ceramic or metal clay pieces.  There is a 33 inch floor loom in our Middle Casita for weavers.

 

NEW RENTAL PROGRAM (design your own residency): If our competitive residency dates do not work for your schedule or if you do not win this year, consider renting one of our live/work spaces for 1-6 months.  You do not have to apply through CAFE, just check our website for descriptions and pictures of the spaces and available dates.  PERSONAL RESIDENCY OVERVIEW This is a perfect opportunity to finish a manuscript, prepare for a show, collect your thoughts, plan your next body of work.  Read some of the interviews with creatives who have come to Chapala for a personal residency.  Email us at 360xochiquetzal@gmail.com and let us know what month(s) you want to come and we will start the reservation process.  We take reservations on a first come first serve basis and we are usually booking 6 months in advance.  Plan ahead if you want to come in the winter.

WHAT IS CHAPALA LIKE? In a word, charming. Chapala is a small town with a population of 22,000 (Focus on Mexico). You will hear horses trotting along the cobblestone boulevard in the morning on their way to the stables. Cowboys ride by using their cell phones. Birdsong accompanies you throughout the day. In the winter, thousands of white pelicans entertain us on the lake. Trees blaze with psychedelic color year round. The mountains turn green during our 4 month rainy season (June – Sept). Vendors pass by during the day hawking fresh strawberries, bottled water, and ice cream.  Read more about Lake Chapala

6a0133ed05424c970b017c32434da5970bFUN: All live/work spaces are walking distance to a park with a running track, pool, tennis courts and walking trails. We are also 5 minutes from the malecon, a park-like promenade that runs along the lake for a mile. The lake is surrounded by hundreds of mountains and you will enjoy spectacular sunsets almost every night. The weather is sunny 300 days a year with average daytime temperatures in the 70s. Other nearby activities include hiking, dancing and thermal springs.

COMMUNITY: Chapala and nearby Ajijic have dozens of cafes and galleries, art openings, and hundreds of artists to connect or study with. Everything you need is within walking distance and our bus service is frequent and inexpensive. This is a safe place to live, work and the residency houses are secure.

MISC: Although speaking a little Spanish will make your time here more culturally integrated, you do not need to speak the language to get what you need.  You are just a 5 minute walk from many stores and restaurants.

HOUSE RULES: Competitive residents may be able to invite your spouse/significant other depending on our accommodations; check with us before making plans. If there is space, we charge a $200/month surcharge per guest prorated for the length of their visit. Your children and pets are not permitted (there are many bed and breakfast hotels nearby for visitors). Smoking, drugs and firearms are expressly prohibited.

ARRIVALS AND CHECKOUT: Arrivals: Please adhere to the arrival and departure dates in you confirmation; Chick-in no later than 8pm.  Please send us your complete itinerary once you have booked your flights.  Check-out: 1pm on your departure date.

NON-DISCRIMINATION: 360 Xochi Quetzal encourages applications from artists of all backgrounds and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, national origin, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, HIV status, marital status, disability, or veteran status.

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New Residency Consulting Available!

Deborah now offers private consultations to new residency programs. Contact her for scheduling and pricing at 360xochiquetzal@gmail.com and make sure to write CONSULTATION in your subject line.

Testimonials

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.  http://loribgoodman.com/

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

Free Winter Residency Deadlines

360 Xochi Quetzal is a FREE artist Residency located on Lake Chapala, Mexico. International writers, playwrights, visual artists, fiber artists, film makers, photographers, new media artists, dancers and musicians are all welcome to apply for a 1 month residency. Residency dates: December 14, 2017-January 13, 2018. Deadline for Winter 2017 applications are due before July 30, 2017. Apply thru CAFE www.callforentry.org