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Upcoming Events

7:00 pm
“Artists and Thinkers” – An Intimate Conversation Series Thursday, September 23 @ 7pm with Hermitage Curator Limor Tomer (Live Arts, Metropolitan Museum of Art) & Hermitage Alumnus Luke Stewart (Composer, Jazz Bassist) Join us online … Continue reading "“Artists and Thinkers” with Limor Tomer & Luke Stewart"
Sep 28 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
6:00 pm
Paint on Canvas: An Artist Talk Presented in Partnership with Art Center Sarasota with Hermitage Fellow Karen Chandler Tuesday, September 28th @ 6pm Art Center Sarasota Outdoor Courtyard 707 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, Florida 34236 Strictly Limited … Continue reading "Paint on Canvas: An Artist Talk"
Art Center Sarasota
5:00 pm
“Artists and Thinkers” – An Intimate Conversation Series Thursday, September 30 @ 5pm with Hermitage Curator Christopher Burney (New York Stage and Film) & Hermitage Alumna Regina Taylor (Playwright) Join us online for a deep dive … Continue reading "“Artists and Thinkers” with Christopher Burney & Regina Taylor"
6:00 pm
Finding Resonance: The Vibrations of Art, Poetry, and Theater Friday, October 8th @ 6pm • on the Hermitage Beach Three experts in three different art forms come together to discuss their practice and latest works. … Continue reading "Finding Resonance: The Vibrations of Art, Poetry, and Theater"
Hermitage Beach
6:00 pm
Body Language: An Exploration of Movement and Poetry with Hermitage Fellows Jules Downum and Pedro Serrano Friday, October 15th @ 6pm The Hermitage Campus, 6660 Manasota Key Road, Englewood, Florida 34223 Attendees are encouraged to dress comfortably … Continue reading "Body Language: An Exploration of Movement and Poetry"
Hermitage Artist Retreat
6:00 pm
“Hermitage Sunsets @ Selby Gardens: Memoir of a Mime” featuring Hermitage Fellow Bill Bowers Friday, October 22nd @ 6pm Selby Gardens Downtown, 1534 Mound St, Sarasota, FL 34236   Register here. Combining traditional mime with spoken word, … Continue reading "Hermitage Sunsets @ Selby Gardens: Memoir of a Mime"
Selby Gardens Downtown
5:30 pm
What Even Is This? Discovering Surrealist Fiction with Hermitage Fellow Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah Presented in Partnership with Bookstore1 Friday, October 29th @ 5:30pm ET The Hermitage Beach, 6660 Manasota Key Road, Englewood, Florida 34223 Also available via … Continue reading "What Even Is This? Discovering Surrealist Fiction"
Hermitage Artist Retreat Beach
11:30 am
The highly popular Artful Lobster is our signature fundraising event, and the only benefit to take place on our historic Gulf front campus on Manasota Key. With a luscious lobster feast catered by Michael’s On … Continue reading "2021 Artful Lobster: An Outdoor Celebration!"
Hermitage Artist Retreat

2021 Hermitage Greenfield Prize in Theater 

goes to Aleshea Harris!

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A Statement from the Hermitage

As an organization and as a community of artists, we at the Hermitage vow to hold ourselves to the highest standards in combatting racism. There is no place for hate – in art or in life. We are deeply committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and we proudly support our Hermitage Fellows who engage in social justice reform and the stories that matter.

photo by Barbara Banks


The Hermitage is a multi-disciplinary artist retreat serving artists, the creative process, and the community. Located on a nine-acre campus in Manasota Key at the southern tip of Sarasota County, we provide accomplished and diverse artists with multi-week residences to create new works of theater, music, visual art, literature, and more. All artists are selected by our Hermitage Curatorial Council, composed of visionary arts leaders from nationally and internationally renowned cultural institutions. Hermitage Fellows have described their experiences as “life-changing,” “magical,” and “transformative,” regularly noting that they accomplish more in their time at the Hermitage than they ever imagined possible.

Hermitage Fellows have included twelve Pulitzer Prize winners, multiple Tony, Oscar, Emmy, Grammy nominees and winners, Poets Laureate, MacArthur “Genius” and Guggenheim Fellows, and hundreds of extraordinary artists from around the world. The award-winning, impactful, and diverse original works created at the Hermitage are presented in renowned concert halls, theaters, museums, and galleries throughout our region and across the globe. Works created at the Hermitage have been shown at New York’s Metropolitan Opera, Lincoln Center, The Museum of Modern Art, The Vienna Opera, Roundabout Theatre Company, Carnegie Hall, Disney Hall, Mass MoCA, The Kennedy Center, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, to name a few.

Audiences in the greater Sarasota area are offered a “sneak peek” into the works and minds of these brilliant artists through the Hermitage’s community programs, many of which are in collaboration with fellow arts and cultural organizations throughout the Gulf Coast region. In addition to the unique and invaluable experience we provide to artists, we take pride in our complementary missions of historic preservation, ecological restoration, and community engagement.

Now on the National Register of Historic Places, the Hermitage was built in 1907. The “Hermitage-Whitney” district was reconceived as the Hermitage Artist Retreat in 1999 and officially incorporated as a non-profit organization in 2002.