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Upcoming Events

Dec 9 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
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“Angélica Negrón: Playing a Plant” with 2022 Hermitage Greenfield Prize Winner Angelica Negrón Presented in partnership with ensembleNew SRQ, CreArte Latino, New Music New College and UnidosNow Friday, December 9 at 5pm Hermitage Great Lawn (entrance … Continue reading "“Angélica Negrón: Playing a Plant”"
Hermitage Great Lawn
Dec 15 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
5:00 pm
“Notes: On Writing and Music” with Hermitage Fellows Chigozie Obioma and Levy Lorenzo Presented in partnership with Johann Fust Library Foundation  Thursday, December 15 at 5pm Hermitage Beach (entrance at 6660 Manasota Key Road, Englewood, … Continue reading "“Notes: On Writing and Music”"
Hermitage Beach
Jan 6 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
5:00 pm
“Distinction and Unity” with Hermitage Fellows DaMaris B. Hill, Molly Joyce, and Kenneth Tam Friday, January 6 at 5pm Hermitage Beach (entrance at 6660 Manasota Key Road, Englewood, Florida 34223) Register here. Registration is required. … Continue reading "“Distinction and Unity”"
Hermitage Beach
Jan 12 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
5:00 pm
“Violin and Voice” with Hermitage Fellows Lady Jess and Terry Guest Presented in Partnership with Sarasota Magazine and Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast Hermitage Beach (entrance at 6660 Manasota Key Rd, Englewood, FL 34223) … Continue reading "“Violin and Voice”"
Hermitage Beach
6:00 pm
“Man V. Nature: The Art of the Story Collection” with Hermitage Fellow Diane Cook Presented in partnership with Bookstore1 Friday, January 20 at 6pm Bookstore1 (entrance at 117 S Pineapple Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236) Register … Continue reading "“Man V. Nature: The Art of the Story Collection”"
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“Artists and Thinkers: Kareem Fahmy’s Distinct Society” with Hermitage Fellow Kareem Fahmy Presented with Support from Florida Humanities Monday, January 23 at 5pm ET Presented on Zoom Register here. Registration is required. $5 per household. … Continue reading "“Artists and Thinkers: Kareem Fahmy’s Distinct Society”"
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Hermitage Sunsets @ Selby Gardens “Shariffa Ali: Roots, Routes, and Rhythm” with Hermitage Fellow Shariffa Ali Presented in partnership with Marie Selby Botanical Gardens The Hermitage Major Theater Award and Shariffa Ali’s residency is made … Continue reading "Hermitage Sunsets @ Selby Gardens “Shariffa Ali: Roots, Routes, and Rhythm”"
Selby Gardens

January 2023 Programs

Newly announced January programs include ongoing partnerships with Bookstore1 and Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, among others. Featured artists and performers sharing their work include author

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New Fall Programs Announced

The Hermitage Artist Retreat will resume fall programming throughout the Gulf Coast region on October 28, with a full line-up of outdoor and indoor events through

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Post-Hurricane Update

Click here to donate. Dear Hermitage Friends, Thank you for all of your thoughtful notes of concern. The love, support, and kindness shown by our

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Hurricane Ian Damage

Hermitage Artist Retreat may have suffered $1 million in Hurricane Ian damage by Jay Handelman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune, October 1, 2022 The historic wooden cottages that

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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 fourteen 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.