How To Apply

You MUST submit your application through the CAFE website:  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.

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Step 1  Create your artist profile

Creating a profile is easy. To get started, click here.

  • Your account information may refer to an individual artist, or may reflect a team of up to three artists (appropriate for some calls). You may have separate CaFÉ™ accounts for each purpose.
  • The information stored by the CaFÉ™ system is used solely for the purpose of facilitating your applications to open calls for entry and for soliciting your participation in such calls within the CaFÉ™ system. Your participation in our marketing efforts is optional, be sure to review the communication options as you register.
  • For help topics pertaining to your CaFÉ™ artist profile and general information, including FAQ’s, click here.

Step 2 Upload your work samples

When your work samples are uploaded, they’ll be available for you to include in your applications. Your portfolio can store:

  • Image Files (JPEG)
  • Audio Files (AIFF, WAV, XMF, MP3)
  • Video Files (3GP, WMV, AVI, MOV, ASF, MPG, MP4, M2T, MKV, M2TS)
Please upload your writing samples if you are applying as a writer. Please submit up to 5 pages which must be double-spaced in 12pt type, 10 pages for Playwrights and single spaced is accepted for Poets who need this for formatting. The upload section is in question #7 for writers.
File should be no larger than 2mb, and txt, pdf, doc, xls, or jpg format only. Please pay attention to size limits. If your sample is larger, consider sending a link in an uploaded word doc.

For more information about uploading work samples and formatting requirements, click here.


Step 3 Apply to Calls!

With a CaFÉ™ profile and work samples added to your CaFE portfolio, you’re ready to apply for calls! Click here to see a list of the calls currently available. The CaFÉ™ system works with a nationwide network of arts organizations, museums, galleries, art associations, public art programs, and many others to host a wide variety of opportunities and calls for entry on CaFÉ™, including but not limited to:

  • Artist Residencies
  • Art Awards and Competitions
  • Design
  • Fine Craft
  • Juried Exhibitions in many mediums and methods
  • Photography Competitions
  • Public Art Commissions
  • Roster and Pre-Qualified Lists, and more!


New Residency Consulting Available!

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


Everyone comes to the residency for different reasons. For me it was a
time to reflect upon this whirlwind year. Like many, I lead a hectic life
and run from one exhibition to the next with little time for
contemplation. Even if I hadn’t made a single thing during my residency,
I would have been satisfied because what I really needed was to slow
down and think about what direction my work might take. I reveled in
the environment – the lake and mountains – as well as two trips, one to
see the Monarch butterflies and the other to a fiesta in an indigenous
village with my fellow artists. I left the residency refreshed, with new friends and purpose!

Jennifer Angus, Installation Artist
“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