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Upcoming Events

6:30 pm
“Music Elevating the Soul” With Hermitage Fellows and Musicians Courtney Bryan (Piano) and Ashley Jackson (Harp) Friday, July 30 @ 6:30pm ET The Hermitage Artist Retreat 6660 Manasota Key Road Englewood, FL 34223 Join two of … Continue reading "“Music Elevating the Soul”"
Hermitage Artist Retreat
6:30 pm
Artists in Conversation: “Identity in Art” with Hermitage Fellows Autumn Knight & Robert Pruitt Friday, August 6 @ 6:30pm ET on the Hermitage Beach Presented in Partnership with Art Center Sarasota Register here. Join two acclaimed … Continue reading "Artists in Conversation: “Identity in Art”"
Hermitage Artist Retreat Beach, 6660 Manasota Key Road, Englewood, FL 34223
6:30 pm
Hermitage Sunsets @ Selby Gardens: “Words and Music: Performance in Process” with Hermitage Fellows Ni’Ja Whitson and Thea Lobo Friday, August 27th at 6:30pm Marie Selby Botanical Gardens Downtown Sarasota Two unique and extraordinary performing artists, Ni’Ja Whitson … Continue reading "Hermitage Sunsets @ Selby Gardens: “Words and Music”"
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
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.