SARASOTA, FL – The Hermitage Artist Retreat will bring nationally and internationally acclaimed visual and performance artists to the Sarasota Art Museum, beginning with “Citizen Arts: Music, Theater, and Dance” on July 22.
This inaugural event will take place at 6:30 pm in the museum’s Klein Plaza and features an interdisciplinary discussion on art in public spaces. The conversation will feature Brazilian composer Marcos Balter, theater producer Sam Max and dance educator Amanda Cantrell Roche, according to a press release from the arts organization.
Future plans with the Sarasota Art Museum will be announced at a later date. See below for full program details and artist biographies.
As part of their residency, nationally acclaimed artists are invited to the Hermitage’s waterfront campus in Englewood and offer free community programs to the arts public throughout Sarasota County and the greater Gulf Coast region.
With the retreat continuing its expansion of programs and events, this new partnership with the Sarasota Museum of Contemporary Art offers another centrally located outdoor venue to showcase some of the artists discovering the Sarasota area through their Hermitage scholarships, the organization said.
The Hermitage will also continue to feature free community programs with the John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Art Center Sarasota and other leading arts, cultural and educational institutions throughout the region.
Over the past two seasons, the Hermitage has increased its programmatic offerings and has featured world-class artists in dozens of venues across the region with over 100 outdoor live community programs.
“We are thrilled to partner with the Sarasota Art Museum as we introduce new work in progress from nationally and internationally renowned visual and performing artists to members of our community,” said Hermitage Art Director and CEO Andy Sandberg. “We have other initiatives in the works with SAM and look forward to sharing more news about them in the coming months.”
Virginia Shearer, executive director of the Sarasota Art Museum, added, “The Hermitage brings some truly extraordinary talent to Sarasota and we look forward to hosting these brilliant artists for programs at the Sarasota Art Museum. Our two organizations share a perspective. global while we aspire to introduce our community to leading contemporary artists from around the world. “