In 2013 Trenton Doyle Hancock was the unanimous choice of the Greenfield Prize jury to win the prize in visual art. After speaking of his work during the creative conversations that spring, we were all both charmed and impressed with the depth and breadth of narrative through which Trenton creates his work. With his Greenfield Prize commission, Trenton has extended that narrative into the realm of the moving image, and his exhibit of this work-in-progress at the Ringling Museum in Sarasota opens to the public on April 17. Trenton will speak twice through the weekend, on Friday, April 17 at 9:30am at the Ringling College about his life and work, and on Saturday April 18 at 12:30pm about his collaboration with Tampa’s famed Graphic Studio.

Saturday’s activities will continue with guest speaker and Hermitage visual artist Anne Patterson (Website speaking about her collaborations across disciplines with symphony orchestras and musicians around America.

The culmination of the weekend will be the Greenfield Prize dinner at Michael’s On East, chaired by Sarasota Magazine’s Kelley Lavin. It’s always one of the premiere events of the Sarasota season and this year will be no exception. Look for all the details in the column to the right and ticket orders can be made at the bottom of this page or by responding to the dinner invitations, which will be sent to those on our mailing list within the next two weeks.


Composer, drummer and bandleader, Bobby Previte studied at the University of Buffalo, surrounded by some of the pioneers of new music: John Cage, Morton Feldman, Lucas Foss, and Jan Williams, with whom he majored in percussion. He moved to New York City in 1979 and became involved with the downtown music scene, which has come to be known as contemporary-classical. A series of albums recorded in the late '80s established him as one of the relatively few drummers who were also composers of significance. Leading a plethora of diverse ensembles, he has performed at festivals and clubs worldwide, and has collaborated with some of the leading lights in and beyond the world of music - from master composer John Adams to rock icon Tom Waits to legendary filmmaker Robert Altman.

Previte has worked in theater, film and television, and has enjoyed residencies at The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center on Lake Como, Civitella Ranieri, Montalvo Arts Center, and nine MacDowell Colony fellowships. In addition to the Greenfield Prize, Previte has received awards and grants from the Guggenheim Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, The American Music Center, Mid Atlantic Arts, New York. His latest album is “Terminals, featuring five concertos for percussion ensemble and soloists.

Photo credit: Kate Previte
2013 GREENFIELD PRIZE WINNER | Trenton Doyle Hancock
Trenton Doyle Hancock was born in 1974 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Raised in Paris, Texas, Hancock earned his BFA from Texas A&M University, Commerce, and his MFA from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University, Philadelphia. Influenced by the history of painting, especially Abstract Expressionism, Hancock transforms traditionally formal decisions—such as the use of color, language, and pattern—into opportunities to create new characters, develop sub-plots, and convey symbolic meaning.

Trenton Doyle Hancock was featured in the 2000 and 2002 Whitney Biennial exhibitions, one of the youngest artists in history to participate in this prestigious survey. His work has been the subject of one-person exhibitions at Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston (CAMH); Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth; and Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, the Seattle Art Museum, the Institute of Contemporary Art and others.

His mid-career survey “Skin and Bones” opened at the CAMH in March 2014 and was featured in the Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post and other major media. The recipient of numerous awards, including the Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant, Artadia Grant and The 2007 Joyce Alexander Wein Artist Prize, He was featured in the PBS documentary “Art 21.” Hancock lives and works in Houston,

The Hermitage Artist Retreat would like to recognize and thank those who have come on board as sponsors of the Greenfield Prize Dinner as of February 16:

Premier Community Sponsor
President’s Fund at the Community Foundation of Sarasota County

Table Sponsors
Ellen Berman, Flora Major, and Flori Roberts
Rebecca Donelson & Robert Blattberg and Karen Solem & Charles Forman
Ina Schnell

Caroline and Dyck Andrus
Carol White Bold and Larry Bold
Kay Delaney and Murray Bring
Bobbi and Will Lorry
Sarah and George Pappas

Debbi Benedict
Susan Brainerd and Alan Quinby
Ilene and David Denton
Robin Radin
Susie Samp

Exclusive Magazine Sponsor

Event Details

Friday, April 17, 2015

Artist Talk My Life, My Work by Trenton Doyle Hancock, sponsored by the Ringling College Library Association Ringling College of Art and Design Academic Auditorium
Fee: $15
For reservations and information, Call 941-925-1343
Saturday, April 18, 2015

College Hall Music Room, 351 College Drive, New College, Sarasota
Programs are free, but reservations are requested. Call the Hermitage at 941-475-2098 or e-mail

Creative Conversations

Graphic Studio Collaboration
Visual Artist Trenton Doyle Hancock and Margaret Miller, Executive Director of Graphic Studios

Synesthesia - Collaborating across discipline
Anne Patterson, visual artist and scenic designer

The Music and Career of Bobby Previte, the 2015 Greenfield Prize Winner
Greenfield Prize Dinner
Honoring Bobby Previte

Saturday, April 18, 2015


Michael's On East
1212 S. East Ave.
Sarasota, FL

See Below
As details emerge, information will be updated on


Purchase Tickets

Click here to purchase your tickets.