Selection Process


By policy, Hermitage Artists are selected by nomination only. We have no application process by which artists may apply. Our National Curatorial Council nominates accomplished mid-career artists for our core residency program, and our Fellows are selected from the pool of nominees.

There are two exceptions to the above policy:
• The Sarasota County Fellows Program detailed below.
• The State Teacher/Artist Residencies (STAR) Program detailed below.

While we understand that this selection policy may leave many artists who wish to work at the Hermitage somewhat disappointed, we recommend contacting the Alliance of Artist Communities to explore other opportunities for artist residencies.


2025 John Ringling Tower Fund Grant Cycle:

The Arts & Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County has recently undergone a change in leadership and staff, with exciting new programs and artist opportunities on the horizon. As part of its evolution, the Alliance will be revising the application process for the John Ringling Towers program and the accompanying Hermitage Fellowship. The next application cycle will open in late 2024, to include a Hermitage residency opportunity in 2025. By taking this time to do a holistic appraisal of the program and assessing how to enhance the impact of this initiative for the incredible artists of Sarasota County, we are aiming to build a stronger, more robust program to elevate and enrich the overall experience. All inquiries about the program should be directed to

We look forward to continuing to serve the remarkable artists of the Gulf Coast region. Stay tuned for further updates!  


Each spring, the Hermitage in partnership with the Florida Alliance for Arts Education (FAAE) invites full time Florida public school arts teachers in visual art, music, drama, dance, and creative writing to apply for a mid-summer residency. Teachers selected for the program are offered living space and studio space to accomplish artistic work.

For guidelines and application form, visit the Florida Alliance for Arts Education.

National Curatorial Council

Click here to see who has been selecting artists for our core residency program.