Painter Trenton Doyle Hancock Wins 2013 Greenfield Prize

The Hermitage Artist Retreat along with the Greenfield Foundation are pleased to announce that Painter Trenton Doyle Hancock is the winner of the $30,000 Greenfield Prize, awarded this year in visual art. Hancock was selected from a small group of finalists that included Nicole Eisenman, Maureen Gallace and Byron Kim. The jury that selected Hancock included Dan Cameron, chief curator of the Orange County Museum of Art; Valerie Cassel Oliver, head curator of Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston, and James Rondeau, chair and Dittmer curator of the department of contemporary art at The Art Institute of Chicago. The award will be presented to Hancock at a special celebration dinner on Sunday, April 21, in The Francis Ballroom, 1289 N. Palm Avenue, Sarasota, FL. Jerry Saltz, senior art critic and columnist for New York Magazine, will be the keynote speaker.

Trenton Doyle Hancock SCAD portrait (2011)_small

“We congratulate Trenton Doyle Hancock and look forward to meeting him in April,” commented Bruce E. Rodgers, executive director of the Hermitage Artist Retreat. “The award presentation is the official kick-off for a two-year process in which he will create a new piece of art that eventually will be shared with art lovers across the country and around the world. Bob Greenfield’s vision when he created the Greenfield Prize was to support individual artists in a way that would allow them to work unencumbered by boundaries and create meaningful work that impacts our society. We look forward to doing whatever we can to assist Trenton in fulfilling that goal.“

Trenton Doyle Hancock is an American Painter whose work has been featured in exhibitions since even before receiving his undergraduate degree, a B.F.A. from Texas A&M University in 1997. He went on to get an MFA from Temple University in Philadelphia in 2000. Hancock’s work has been shown in both group and solo exhibitions since 1995 around the US and the world. In this country, exhibitions have been enjoyed in Texas and New York, Florida, California, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Washington state, to name a few. His global reach has included shows in Singapore and Shanghai, Italy, Scotland, The Netherlands, Poland and Spain. He is represented by two galleries, James Cohan in New York City and Talley Dunn in Dallas. In addition to the Greenfield Prize, Hancock has been honored with the Joyce Alexander Wein Award from Studio Museum Harlem, S.J. Wallace Truman Fund Prize from the National Academy Museum, Penny McCall Foundation Award, as well as others. The list of public and corporate collections that display Trenton Doyle Hancock paintings include Baltimore Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum of Art, High Museum of Art (Atlanta), Warhol Museum (Philadelphia), Whitney Museum of Art and Museum of Modern Art (NYC). For a complete listing please visit his artist page on the James Cohan website
http://www.jamescohan.com/artists/trenton-doyle-hancock/

“I count it as a great honor to be a recipient of the Greenfield Prize and the Hermitage residency,” remarked Hancock. “Lately, I’ve been wanting to explore some new and exciting avenues in my art. The Greenfield Prize will allow me the time, space, and means to see these new ideas to fruition.”

The Greenfield Prize was established in 2009 by longtime Sarasota residents Bob and Louise Greenfield through the Philadelphia-based Greenfield Foundation. The prize is a means by which a groundbreaking, enduring work of art will be created each year at the Hermitage Artist Retreat. The Prize consists of a $30,000 commission of an original work of art rotated among three disciplines visual art, drama and music, a six-week residency at the Hermitage, and a partnership with a professional arts organization to develop the work and assistance in moving the work forward into the American arts world. A distinguished seven-person panel consisting of some of the most highly respected authorities in American art select each Greenfield Prize recipient. Three voting members on each jury are joined by a producing partner representative, Joni Greenfield of the Greenfield Foundation, Hermitage Greenfield Prize Director Patricia Caswell and Hermitage Executive Director Bruce Rodgers who facilitates. Since its inception, past prize winners include playwrights Craig Lucas and John Guare, composers Eve Beglarian and Vijay Iyer, and visual artist Sanford Biggers.

For more information on the Greenfield Prize, visit the website at www.greenfieldprize.org. For more information on the Hermitage Artist Retreat, visit the website at www.hermitage-fl.org or contact Executive Director Bruce E. Rodgers at 941-475-2098.

About the Hermitage Artist Retreat: The Hermitage is a not-for-profit artist retreat located on Manasota Key in Englewood, FL. It brings mid-career painters, sculptors, writers, playwrights, poets, composers and other artists from all over the world for extended stays on its 8.5 acre campus. Each artist is asked to contribute two services to the community during their stay. So far, Hermitage artists have touched over 8,000 Sarasota County children and adults with their unique and inspiring programs. For more information about the Hermitage, call Bruce Rodgers, Executive Director at (941) 475-2098.

About the Greenfield Foundation: The Greenfield Foundation is based in Philadelphia, PA, but funds charitable initiatives across the country. Its president and most of its trustees are members of the family of Louise and Bob Greenfield of Sarasota, Florida. Its net income, which exceeds $500,000 a year, is devoted to improving quality of life through contributions to not-for-profit institutions in the arts, education, health care and other services. The foundation originates and participates in innovative projects, which have a ripple effect beyond the immediate impact of the expenditures.

SANFORD BIGGERS: Codex

March 30, 2012 – October 14, 2012
On view at Ringling Museum – Sanford Biggers uses the study of ethnological objects, popular icons, and the Dadaist tradition to explore cultural and creative syncretism, art history, and politics.

March 30, 2012 – October 14, 2012
Ringling Museum of Art

Featured Visiting Artist – View Interview ‎Friday, March 30 at 3:30 pm, Sanford Biggers will present “Speaking of My Work,” in the Ringling College Auditorium. This talk is FREE and open to the public.


A native of Los Angeles, California, and current New York resident, Sanford Biggers uses the study of ethnological objects, popular icons, and the Dadaist tradition to explore cultural and creative syncretism, art history, and politics. An accomplished musician, Biggers often incorporates performative elements into his sculptures and installations, resulting in multilayered works that act as anecdotal vignettes, at once full of wit and clear formal intent. Biggers has won several awards including: The Creative Time Travel Grant, Creative Capital Project Grant, New York Percent for the Arts Commission, Art Matters Grant, New York Foundation for the Arts Award in performance art/multidisciplinary work, the Lambent Fellowship in the arts, the Pennies From Heaven/ New York Community Trust Award, Tanne Foundation Award, Rema Hort Mann Foundation Award Grant, James Nelson Raymond Fellowship from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a Camille Hanks-Cosby Fellowship.

Mr. Biggers has also participated in several prestigious national and international artist residencies and fellowships including; Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, Germany, Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland, Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, California, ARCUS Project Foundation, Ibaraki, Japan, and the Art in General/ Trafo Gallery Eastern European Exchange in Budapest, Hungary. He has been a fellow of the Socrates Sculpture Park Residency, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council World Views AIR Program, the Eyebeam Atelier Teaching Residency, the Studio Museum AIR Program, the P.S. 1 International Studio Program, and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture residency.

Sanford Biggers
"Sweet Funk—An Introspective" at the Brooklyn Museum

Sanford Biggers’ installations, videos, and performances have appeared in venues worldwide including the Tate Britain and Tate Modern, London, the Whitney Museum and Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, as well as institutions in China, Germany, Hungary, Japan, Poland and Russia. Sanford has been included in several notable shows such as Prospect 1/ New Orleans Biennial, Illuminations at the Tate Modern, Performa 07, the Whitney Biennial and Freestyle at the Studio Museum in Harlem. He has also had solo exhibitions at Grand Arts, Kansas City, Mary Goldman Gallery, Los Angeles, Kenny Schachter’s ROVE gallery, London, Triple Candie, New York, D’Amelio Terras Gallery, New York, Contemporary Art Museum, Houston, Matrix/Univ.of Berkeley Museum, Berkeley, Zamek Ujazdowski, Warsaw as well as venues in Hungary, Indonesia, Japan.

This exhibition is the result of the Greenfield Prize commission awarded in 2010 by the Hermitage Artist Retreat and the Greenfield Foundation.

Prize Weekend Includes Free Events with International Arts Leaders

“The Greenfield Prize is one of the most important arts award in the country,” continued Rodgers, “and it happens here is Sarasota. Our list of winners includes some of the most exciting artists working today. The Hermitage Artist Retreat could not be more proud or excited about this endeavor. We look forward to an amazing weekend and we hope the community will take advantage of this incredible opportunity to meet and hear these extraordinary people.”

The Hermitage Artist Retreat, along with the Greenfield Foundation, are pleased to announce a schedule of events during what has become the Greenfield Prize Weekend. FREE talks and panel discussions include time for the public to meet and interact with prizewinners, as well as internationally known arts leaders. The weekend, beginning on Friday, March 30st and culminating on Sunday, April 1st, includes a talk by 2010 Greenfield Prize winner visual artist Sanford Biggers; a discussion of music and art with Brooklyn Academy of Music’s (BAM) Executive Producer Joe Melillo, Designer Anne Patterson and Robert Spano, conductor of the Atlanta Symphony and Artistic Director of the Aspen Music Festival and School; the award presentation dinner featuring the 2012 Greenfield Prize winner Vijay Iyer and keynote speaker Robert Spano. Biggers talk and the arts discussion are free; tickets to the dinner are $150.

Sanford Biggers
Sanford Biggers

“In only four short years, we have transformed our Greenfield Prize Celebration from a wonderful dinner where we present the prestigious Greenfield Prize,” explained Bruce E. Rodgers, Hermitage executive director, “to an entire weekend of interesting events, many of which are free to the public. Just as we share our artists who are in residence, we are now able to share amazing producers, creators and other arts leaders who come from near and far to participate in honoring the Greenfield Prize winner.”

Robert Spano
Robert Spano

The Greenfield Prize Weekend begins on Friday, March 30 when Sanford Biggers’ 2010 Greenfield Prize Commission is first available to be seen by the public. The work will be on display in the Ulla Searing wing at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, available to all museum visitors. At 3:30 pm, Sanford Biggers will present “Speaking of My Work,” in the Ringling College Auditorium. This talk is FREE and open to the public. Sunday, April 1st offers another opportunity to hear renowned arts leaders share their experience and expertise. “A Creative Conversation: Music and Art—Blurring the Boundaries” will be an exchange among Joseph V. Melillo, executive producer of Brooklyn Academy of Music, Anne Patterson, Designer and Robert Spano, music director Atlanta Symphony and Aspen Music Festival and School. Linda Golding, former president and CEO of Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers, will moderate. This event takes place from 2:00 to 3:00 pm in Holley Hall at the Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center, 709 North Tamiami Trail in Sarasota. It is also FREE.

Joe Melillo
Joe Melillo

The final event of the weekend is the much-anticipated Greenfield Prize Award Dinner on Sunday evening. The 2012 winner is Vijay Iyer, a Grammy-nominated composer/pianist described by Pitchfork as “one of the most interesting and vital young pianists in jazz today,” by The New Yorker as one of “today’s most important pianists…extravagantly gifted…brilliantly eclectic,” and by the Los Angeles Weekly as “a boundless and deeply important young star.” He was voted the 2010 Musician of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association, and named one of the “50 Most Influential Global Indians” by GQ India. Iyer will play a short piece, as well as speak about his work and the opportunity the award gives to him. In addition, this year’s keynote speaker will be Music Director of the Atlanta Symphony and the Aspen Music Festival and School Robert Spano. Mr. Spano has been called one of the brightest and most imaginative conductors of his generation. The evening promises to be one to remember. Tickets are $150 for individuals and $250 for patrons. Reservations can be made online at www.greenfieldprize.org.

Anne Patterson
Anne Patterson

“The Greenfield Prize is one of the most important arts award in the country,” continued Rodgers, “and it happens here is Sarasota. Our list of winners includes some of the most exciting artists working today. The Hermitage Artist Retreat could not be more proud or excited about this endeavor. We look forward to an amazing weekend and we hope the community will take advantage of this incredible opportunity to meet and hear these extraordinary people.”

Linda Golding
Linda Golding

The Greenfield Prize was established in 2009 by longtime Sarasota residents Bob and Louise Greenfield through the Philadelphia-based Greenfield Foundation. The prize is a means by which a groundbreaking, enduring work of art will be created each year at the Hermitage Artist Retreat. The Prize consists of a $30,000 commission of an original work of art, a six-week residency at the Hermitage, and a partnership with a professional arts organization to develop the work and assistance in moving the work forward into the American arts world. A distinguished seven-person panel consisting of some of the most highly respected authorities in American art select each Greenfield Prize recipient. Three voting members on each jury are joined by a producing partner representative, Joni Greenfield of the Greenfield Foundation, Hermitage Greenfield Prize Director Patricia Caswell and Hermitage Executive Director Bruce Rodgers who facilitates. Since its inception, past prizewinners include playwrights Craig Lucas and John Guare, composer Eve Beglarian and visual artist Sanford Biggers.

Vijay Iyer
Vijay Iyer

For more information on the Greenfield Prize, visit the website at www.greenfieldprize.org. For more information on the Hermitage Artist Retreat, visit the website at www.HermitageArtistRetreat.org or contact Executive Director Bruce E. Rodgers at 941-475-2098.

The following links might be helpful if you are looking for more information on our Greenfield Prize weekend artists: http://www.bam.org/view.aspx?pid=129
http://www.annepatterson.com
http://www.robertspanomusic.com
http://www.vijay-iyer.com

The Hermitage Artist Retreat, Englewood, FL