The annual Hermitage Greenfield Prize  Dinner on Sunday, April 16, honored dancer-choreographer Lorenzo "Rennie" Harris and visual artist Sandy Rodriguez in a culmination of a weekend-long celebration of events hosted by the Hermitage Artist Retreat in partnership with the Greenfield Foundation. To commemorate the 20th anniversary season of the Hermitage and the 15th year of the Greenfield Prize, the Hermitage presented two awards: one in the discipline of visual art and a special award in the field of dance and choreography.

The evening of celebration was presented outdoors by the Ringling Museum’s Ca’ d’Zan and featured inspiring performances from Broadway star and Lucille Lortel Award winner Leslie Rodriguez Kritzer (Beetlejuice), hip-hop dancer Phil S. Cuttino Jr. (Rennie Harris Puremovement), violinist Samantha Bennett (EnsembleNEWSRQ), and special appearances from past Hermitage Greenfield Prize winners Sanford Biggers (2010, visual art), and Angélica Negrón (2022, music). The annual gala raised more than $240,000 in support of the Hermitage’s mission in addition to the Greenfield Foundation’s ongoing annual gift of $150,000. 

Hermitage artistic Director and CEO Andy Sandberg also announced that the Ringling Museum will be collaborating with the Hermitage as the presenting partner for the premieres of both Sandy Rodriguez and Rennie Harris’ commissions in Sarasota in 2025. Harris and Rodriguez will each receive a $30,000 commission, along with an extended residency at the Hermitage Artist Retreat.

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