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Greenfield Prize Creative Conversations

April 13 : 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm


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Learn more about the Greenfield Prize recipients, their bodies of work, and trends in their fields of art, with Q & A.

3 p.m. – Helga Davis presents “My Life, My Work”
Helga Davis is the 2019 recipient of the Greenfield Prize in Music, and her Greenfield commission will premiere in 2021 in partnership with ensembleNEWSRQ. In this presentation, Helga will share from her existing body of work.

4 p.m. – David Burnett and panel present “Fourth Quarter: Senior Athletes and their Indomitable Spirit”
David Burnett is the 2017 recipient of the Greenfield Prize in Photography, and his exhibition, “Fourth Quarter: Senior Athletes and their Indomitable Spirit” opens April 13 at The Ringling. This panel discussion will delve into David’s work, and illuminate trends in the field of photography.

Creative Conversations are free, but reservations are required and can be requested here.

Helga Davis is a composer, vocalist and performance artist with feet planted on the most prestigious international stages and with firm roots in the realities and concerns of her local community. She was principal actor in the 25th-anniversary international revival of Robert Wilson and Philip Glass’s seminal opera Einstein on the Beach. Among the collaborative and works written for her are Oceanic Verses by Paola Prestini, You Us We All by Shara Nova and Andrew Ondrejcak, and Faust’s Box by Italian contemporary music composer Andrea Liberovici. The renowned theater director and visual artist Robert Wilson describes her as “a united whole, with spellbinding inner power and strength.” Davis also starred in Wilson’s The Temptation of St. Anthony, with libretto and score by Bernice Johnson Reagon; and The Blue Planet, by Peter Greenaway. She is the recipient of the 2014 BRIC Media Arts Fireworks Grant and completed her first evening-length piece, Cassandra. Current projects include Silent Voices with the Brooklyn Youth Chorus with text by Hilton Als; Requiem for a Tuesday with bass-baritone Davóne Tines and dancer/choreographer Reggie Gray; and Yet Unheard, a tribute to Sandra Bland by Courtney Bryan, based on the poem by Sharan Strange. Davis conceived and performed First Responder and Wanna as responses to Until and The Let Go by multidisciplinary artist Nick Cave. She is artist in residence at National Sawdust, host of the eponymous podcast HELGA on WQXR/New Sounds and is the 2018-19 visiting curator for the performing arts at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

David Burnett’s distinguished career in photography began in the late 1960s when his work could be found in Time and LIFE magazines. In the 1970s, his photos from the Vietnam War and the Iranian Revolution were widely published, earning him recognition and awards. He is the co-founder of the photojournalism agency Contact Press Images and in 2018 was awarded the Joseph Sprague Award in lifetime achievement by the National Press Photographers Association. Over the decades of his storied career, he has photographed world leaders, conflict zones, celebrities and artists all with his own unique aesthetic and approach to reportage.

Photo credit: David Burnett, Basketball, National Senior Games, Birmingham, AL, June 2017 ©2019 David Burnett/Contact Press Images — “Fourth Quarter,” commissioned by the Greenfield Prize at the Hermitage Artist Retreat


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5401 Bay Shore Road
Sarasota, 34243 United States
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