Hermitage Social Justice Projects


Of the thirteen Hermitage Greenfield Prize winners, five of the commissions address issues of African American social justice.

Sanford Biggers (2010) reconfigured quilts from the underground railroad addressing slavery and its lingering injustice. Exhibited at the Ringing Museum.

Vijay Iyer (2012) addressed Trayvon Martin’s killing in a wind quintet with words of the Florida “Stand Your Ground” law incorporated into the piece. Performed at the Sarasota Opera House in collaboration with La Musica.

Trenton Doyle Hancock (2013) created metaphors for good and evil in his autobiographical representations relating to his life as an artist and an African-American man in contemporary society. Exhibited at the Ringling Museum.

Helga Davis (2019) is addressing interracial understanding in her music performance piece to be presented in collaboration with EnsembleNewSRQ in 2021.

Jennifer Packer (2020) will address the lost black communities of Florida and lost black identity in her 2022 work to be exhibited at the Ringling Museum.

In addition, a number of Hermitage Fellows over the years have raised their voices, their brushes, and their pens to shine light on matters of equality and justice.

Black Art Matters.
Black Stories Matter.

We at the Hermitage stand alongside our artists as we condemn the unjust murder of George Floyd and so many others. As an organization and as a community of artists, we vow to hold ourselves to the highest standards in combatting racism. There is no place for hate – in art or in life. We proudly support our Hermitage Fellows who engage in social justice reform and tell the stories that matter.