In past years, (and most likely in future years as well) the Greenfield Prize Weekend is marked by the premiere of the prize-winning work commissioned two years before, and by the Greenfield Prize Dinner awarding the commission to the new winner for a work two years in the future. This system gives the winner two years to complete the commission before it is premiered in the Greenfield Prize Weekend. In 2014, the winner of the prize was playwright Nilo Cruz. Under normal circumstances, this year's prize weekend would include a reading of Nilo's commissioned play. However Nilo completed his commission early (a very rare occurrence), and it had a public reading by our producing partner, the Asolo Repertory Company. While Nilo benefited greatly by having the reading then, it means that we are breaking our pattern of premiering the work commissioned two years before (which would have been Nilo's play) in addition to awarding the new commission at the celebration dinner.

But it's okay to break a pattern. So this year, the Greenfield celebration will be a concentrated one-day affair highlighted not only by Coco Fusco speaking about her life and work, but artist Hank Willis Thomas as well as other visual arts luminaries coming to Sarasota for the weekend. Like all our Greenfield weekends, this will be memorable.

The culmination of the weekend will be the Greenfield Prize dinner at Michael’s On East, co-chaired by Renee Hamad and Beverly Bartner. 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.


Coco Fusco is an interdisciplinary artist and writer and the Andrew Banks Endowed Professor of Art at the University of Florida. She is a recipient of a 2014 Cintas Fellowship, a 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship, a 2013 Absolut Art Writing Award, a 2013 Fulbright Fellowship, a 2012 US Artists Fellowship and a 2003 Herb Alpert Award in the Arts. Fusco's performances and videos have been presented in the 56th Venice Biennale, two Whitney Biennials (2008 and 1993), BAM’s Next Wave Festival, the Sydney Biennale, The Johannesburg Biennial, The Kwangju Biennale, The Shanghai Biennale, InSite O5, Mercosul, Transmediale, The London International Theatre Festival, VideoBrasil and Performa05. Her works have also been shown at the Tate Liverpool, The Museum of Modern Art, The Walker Art Center and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona. She is represented by Alexander Gray Associates in New York.

Fusco is the author of English is Broken Here: Notes on Cultural Fusion in the Americas (1995) and The Bodies that Were Not Ours and Other Writings (2001), and A Field Guide for Female Interrogators (2008). She is also the editor of Corpus Delecti: Performance Art of the Americas (1999) and Only Skin Deep: Changing Visions of the American Self (2003). Her new book entitled Dangerous Moves: Performance and Politics in Cuba was recently issued by Tate Publications in London.

Fusco received her B.A. in Semiotics from Brown University (1982), her M.A. in Modern Thought and Literature from Stanford University (1985) and her Ph.D. in Art and Visual Culture from Middlesex University (2007).

Event Details

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Creative Conversations

John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art
Chao Lecture Hall
5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, FL

FREE. Reservations suggested due to limited seating.
RSVP: or call 941-475-2098, ext. 8

1:00 - 2:00 My Life and My Work. Coco Fusco. Introduction by Jose Carlos Diaz, curator of art at Andy Warhol Museum

2:15 - 3:15 Creating in the Active Voice, featuring Coco Fusco, Photo Conceptual Artist Hank Willis Thomas, Brooklyn Museum Assistant Curator Rujeko Hockley and Ringling Museum Curator Matthew McLendon. Anderson Ranch Executive Director Nancy Wilhelms will moderate.
Greenfield Prize Dinner and
Award Presentation

Honoring Coco Fusco

Keynote Speaker Hank Willis Thomas


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

Individual - $275
Benefactor (for two people) - $1,000

Purchase Tickets
To purchase tickets, please call 941-475-2098 #2.