360 Xochi Quetzal Artist Residency in Chapala, Mexico

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Brief description of organisation

We are a self-funded residency program founded by an artist who lives in Chapala. If you need more information or want to be in our mailing list, please write to us at 360xochiquetzal@gmail.com

Organisation founded in


Brief description of residency program

360 XOCHI QUETZAL: Free Artist Residency in Central Mexico.

The 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 5 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 a generous food allowance, we hope that our residents can make artistic progress without the stress and distractions of daily life.

CRITERIA: National and international visual artists, photographers, writers, playwrights, new media makers and musicians over the age of 23 are welcome to apply. 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. One of the live/work spaces is earmarked for a writer and one for an emerging artist. Two-person collaborative teams are also encouraged to apply.

Alice Fogel, Juror for Writers and Musicians
Alice is the State Poet Laureate of New Hampshire (USA) 2014 – 2019 and recent winner of the Nicholas Shaffner Award for Music in Literature for her book Interval. Alice is the author of three poetry collections, including, Be That Empty (Harbor Mountain Press, 2007). She is also author of Strange Terrain: A Poetry Handbook for the Reluctant Reader (Hobblebush Books, 2009). Alice teaches creative writing and poetry at Keene State College, Keene, NH and Landmark College, Putney, Vermont. http://www.alicebfogel.com/

Justin Lytle, Juror for Musicians
Justin R. Lytle is an artist, composer, and designer based in Seattle, WA. Justin holds a BFA from Cornish College of the Arts, and his work is found in various public and private collections. Justin is a classically trained pianist, and uses the medium of sound design as a foundational tool for his contemporary sculpture practice. He is the owner of Studio Arno, a small design studio, and he composes for the Seattle based music project Holy Cities. Justin was the second Resident at 360 Xochi Quetzel and has now joined us as the music juror. www.justinrlytle.com

Deborah Kruger, Juror for Visual Artists
Deborah is the founder of 360 Xochi Quetzal and a mixed media artist who exhibits internationally. Her work in mixed fibers, encaustic and digital printing is in private collections throughout North America. View her work at www.deborahkruger.com

STUDIO SPACE AND EQUIPMENT: We provide large work tables and generous wall space for visual artists. Everyone has a desk and free wi-fi. We offer a professional easel for painters. Ceramic artists have access to our Cress sample kiln which can fire up to cone 6 and is suitable for small ceramic or metal clay pieces. We now have a 33” floor loom for weavers. The main residency space is in a hacienda style home with individual bedrooms/work spaces and shared living/dining room space. There is a large studio which can be shared by two visual artists. We have one live/work space which has a private kitchen, living room, bedroom and full bathroom and is geared towards musicians and visual artists.

WHAT IS CHAPALA LIKE? In a word, charming. This is a small town with a population of 22,000. 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.

FUN: 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.

COSTS: This is a free one-month residency. Your residency offers you free wi-fi, all utilities, laundry on the premises and weekly maid service. Each resident also receives a $1,000 peso food stipend. You will only need to pay for your local transportation, entertainment and additional food. International calls can be made via skype or by getting a local cell plan from IUSAcell (ATT affiliate). You are responsible for your travel to and from Mexico. It is easy to get an airport taxi which will cost $400 - 500 pesos each way depending on the time of day you travel. Download driving directions from our Facebook Page: 360 Xochi Quetzal (join us too!)

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. Food is inexpensive in Mexico, typically costing about $20/week US. Eating out is quite affordable with meals costing $3 - 10 US. You are just a 5 minute walk from many stores and restaurants.

HOUSE RULES: We may have room for your spouse/significant other depending on our accommodations; check with us. There is a $200/month surcharge per guest regardless of how long they visit. Your children and pets are not permitted (there are many bed and breakfast hotels nearby for visitors). Smoking and firearms are expressly prohibited.

Winter residency: December 14, 2016 - January 13, 2017
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 deadline for the Winter 2016 Residency is Midnight Mountain Time on Sunday August 7, 2016. Applicants will be notified no later than Sunday September 18, 2016.

APPLICATION GUIDELINES: You must submit your application through the CAFE website: https://www.callforentry.org/ Applications without work samples will not be considered (3 images for Visual Artists, 1 - 2 videos for Musicians, 5-page double-spaced writing sample for Writers, 10-page double-spaced sample for Playwrights, 5-page single-spaced sample for poets). 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 a one-month residency is $39.00. Take advantage of our 20% Early Bird Discount for applications received before July 1, 2016. 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: www.360xochiquetzal.com

NEW RENTAL PROGRAM (design your own residency): If our residency dates do not work for your schedule, consider renting one of our live/work spaces for 1 - 6 months. You do not have to apply through CAFE, just email us at 360xochiquetzal@gmail.com and let us know what month(s) you want to come and we will let you know about availability. You may download more information about our rental program on our website: www.360xochiquetzal.com and find pictures and space descriptions on our group Facebook Page: 360 Xochi Quetzal. Join us!

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: www.360xochiquetzal.com

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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Disciplines and media
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
  • Literature
  • New Media
  • Animation
  • Printmaking
  • Film Making
  • Fiber, Photography, Visual Art, Writing (fiction/non-fiction), Music, New Media
Type of organisation
  • Artist-Run

Residency conditions

Duration of residencies
  • 1 month
Number of artists resident at one time


Companions allowed
  • Partners
Expenses paid by artist
  • Travel


Expenses paid by the organisation
  • Food
Application who/how

Digital Application

Selection procedure

By Curator

Description of residency


OtherSmall town near Lake Chapala

  • Internet Connection
Number of studios


Type and size of studios

Private Studio

  • Private Cabin/House
Working language(s)
  • English
  • Spanish
  • Local population speaks Spanish, some English spoken
Other activities happening at the space
  • Workshops
  • Presentation
  • Films
  • Exhibitions
  • Cafe/Restaurant

How to reach

Nearest airport

GDL, Guadalajara International Airport

Contact information

360 Xochi Quetzal Artist Residency in Chapala, Mexico
APDO #504
45900 Chapala, Jalisco


Phone: 01.413.648.6161 USA

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