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Upcoming Events

Mar 22 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
5:30 pm
“Craig Lucas: An Open Rehearsal” with Inaugural Hermitage Greenfield Prize Winner and Tony Award Nominated Playwright Craig Lucas Presented in partnership with Booker High School Wednesday, March 22 at 5:30pm Booker High School Courtyard (Outdoor) … Continue reading "“Craig Lucas: An Open Rehearsal”"
Booker HS Courtyard
Mar 30 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
5:00 pm
“Creativity for All” with Hermitage Fellows Tina LaPadula and Nandita Shenoy Presented in partnership with Embracing our Differences and North Port High School Thursday, March 30 at 5:30pm Butler Park (entrance at 6205 W Price … Continue reading "“Creativity for All”"
Butler Park
Apr 14 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
5:30 pm
“Aleshea Harris Presents” with Playwright and 2021 Hermitage Greenfield Prize Winner Aleshea Harris Presented in partnership with The Greenfield Foundation and the Community Foundation of Sarasota County Friday, April 14 at 5:30pm Asolo/FSU Center for … Continue reading "“Aleshea Harris Presents”"
Cook Theater
2:00 pm
“Sandy Rodriguez: Putting Sarasota on the Map” Featuring 2023 Hermitage Greenfield Prize Winner in Visual Art Sandy Rodriguez In conversation with HGP Jurors Anne Patterson and Christine Kuan Presented in partnership with The Greenfield Foundation … Continue reading "“Sandy Rodriguez: Putting Sarasota on the Map”"
Hermitage Palm House
Apr 15 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
6:00 pm
“Rennie Harris: Street Dance Pioneer” Featuring 2023 Hermitage Greenfield Prize Winner in Dance and Choreography Lorenzo ‘Rennie’ Harris In Conversation with Joseph V. Melillo and Charmaine Warren Presented in partnership with The Greenfield Foundation and … Continue reading "“Rennie Harris: Street Dance Pioneer”"
Hermitage Beach
Apr 16 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
6:00 pm
Anchoring a series of events celebrating the prestigious Hermitage Greenfield Prize, this elegant dinner heralds the jury-selected prize recipients. This year, to celebrate the 20th anniversary season of the Hermitage and the 15-year legacy of the … Continue reading "Hermitage Greenfield Prize Dinner"
The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art
Apr 26 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
7:00 pm
“The Pop-Folk World of Zoe Sarnak” with Crosby Alumni Music Initiative Artist Zoe Sarnak Presented in partnership with Nathan Benderson Park Conservancy Zoe Sarnak’s residency made possible by the Ruby E. Crosby Alumni Music Initiative … Continue reading "“The Pop-Folk World of Zoe Sarnak”"
Nathan Benderson Park

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New March Progams Announced

The Hermitage Artist Retreat announces new programs to round out the month of March. These events will be presented across Sarasota County, from Asolo Repertory Theatre to

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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 mission of the Hermitage is to inspire and foster the most influential and culturally consequential art and artists of our time.

The Hermitage is a multi-disciplinary artist retreat dedicated to championing bold and impactful new work, supporting the creative process, elevating the artist experience, and enriching the lives of audiences and arts appreciators around the world. An incubator for diverse and original works across all artistic mediums, the Hermitage aims to inspire creative minds to achieve their greatest potential. Beyond the unique and invaluable experience we provide to artists, we take pride in our commitment to historic preservation, ecological restoration, and dynamic community engagement.


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 fifteen 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.