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.
“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
“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.