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Every symphony you hear, every play you see, every dance you experience every painting and sculpture you see, and every book you read, begins its life with a person in a room with an idea and a passion. The Hermitage provides the room for accomplished creators in a spectacular, inspiring environment. Our artists bring their brilliant ideas. Together, with nature, we feed the passion, and we share it all with our community. This is the work of the Hermitage.


The Hermitage Artist Retreat along with the Philadelphia-based Greenfield Foundation, are pleased to announce that Pulitzer Prize-winning Playwright (Anna in the Tropics, 2003) Nilo Cruz has been named the 2014 winner of the Greenfield Prize. The Prize will be presented at a special dinner on Saturday, April 12th in Sarasota, FL. Olympia Dukakis will be the keynote speaker.

Nilo Cruz is the third playwright to receive the Prize since its inception in 2009. Other drama winners were Craig Lucas (2009) and John Guare (2011). The Prize consists of a $30,000 commission to create a new work of art to be fulfilled by the artist in two years; time and space to create the piece at the Hermitage Artist Retreat in Englewood, FL; a first public presentation by a professional arts organization in Sarasota, FL; and help to promote the work so it can be seen beyond that first presentation.

Three remarkable and very different playwrights were short-listed as our finalists this year. Our very distinguished jury had a very hard decision to make. In the end they selected Nilo Cruz for the poetic nature of his work and where he stands in his career at this time. We are very pleased and look forward to officially presenting the Greenfield Prize to Nilo, the first Florida artist, and first Latino artist to receive the Greenfield Prize.

For more information on the prize, the Greenfield Prize dinner, and the Greenfield Prize Creative Conversations, jump over to the Greenfield Prize website by clicking HERE.

Photo credit:
Nilo Cruz by Oskar Landi


We are proud to share our talented people with those in the region through our community programs. Check our calendar and blog for up-to-date information on Hermitage news and events. Interested in volunteering? Our Friends of the Hermitage organization offers many excellent opportunities.


It's not too early to save the date for the 2014 Greenfield Prize Weekend. Circle April 10 through April 12 on your calendar for an expanded long-weekend of activities culminating in the Greenfield Prize dinner on Saturday, April 12. You won't want to miss it.