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Now on the National Register of Historic Places, the Hermitage was built in 1907 and was reconceived as The Hermitage Artist Retreat in 1999. Artists and writers live and work here for six-week residencies curated by national leaders in art and literature. We preserve Old Florida beach houses and the ancient native beachfront environment as a place to birth new art, new thought, and the world’s next great masterpieces.

Hermitage Fellows include nine Pulitzer winners; a host of MacArthur “Geniuses;” and Grammy, Tony, and Emmy winners. Work created at the Hermitage is shown at New York’s Metropolitan Opera, the Vienna Opera, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Disney Hall, Mass MoCA, MoMA and the MET Museum.

With a mission to inspire the artists of our time, we invite the public to be inspired as you see and hear cutting edge art, literature, drama and music in Sarasota area venues, and on the Hermitage beach at sunset in a series of free Friday programs.

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Restoring Coastal Ecology and Creating a Sense of Place with Landscape Architect Michael Gilkey Friday, February 28, 5:00 p.m. Hermitage Palm House, 6630 Manasota Key Road, on Manasota Key This event is free, but reservations … Continue reading "Restoring Coastal Ecology and Creating a Sense of Place"
Hermitage Artist Retreat Palm House
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Sonic Meditation at Sunset with Composer Evan Premo  Friday, March 6, 6 p.m. Hermitage Artist Retreat beach, 6630 Manasota Key Road, Englewood, FL 34223  Registration for this free program is required. Click here to reserve … Continue reading "Sonic Meditation at Sunset"
Hermitage Artist Retreat beach
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The Hermitage Artist Retreat is honored to present the 2020 Greenfield Prize in Visual Art to Jennifer Packer, widely considered one of the greatest painters of her generation. The Greenfield Prize Award Dinner honors the … Continue reading "Greenfield Prize Award Dinner"
Michael's On East Ballroom