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Founded in 1998, the Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts is an independent, membership based, non-profit organization that promotes knowledge of the visual arts to its members through an extensive education program, and provides support and recognition for artistic achievement to artists and art organizations in the Greater Toronto Area.
Our mission is to encourage excellence and creativity by supporting up-and-coming artists and art organizations. Annually, we host a Tribute Night, where we celebrate the arts and the achievements of our prize-winners.
If you wish to make a donation to the Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts you may do so here through TorontoFoundation.ca. A tax reciept will be issued.
In 1998 a small group of energetic, like-minded Toronto residents dedicated to the flourishing arts scene formed TFVA as an independent, non-profit organization.Learn More
Our annual awards, presented at Tribute Night held in May, salute a wide and diverse community in the visual arts.See More
As a group you are dedicated, daring and devoted. TFVA's willingness and openness to new ideas and practices and your devotion to Toronto artists is unparalleled. Nobody does what you do. So I thank you again not just for Tamira and myself but for Toronto artists generally. ”
Elle Flanders and Tamira Sawatsky / Artist Prize Winners 2013 ( tied) Public Studio
Through the generosity of TFVA, Mercer Union was able to navigate the challenges of our closure by developing online activities that both supported our exhibiting artist and engaged our audiences. I can't thank you enough for stepping forward to support our work at a critical time. ”
Julia Paoli / Project Support Winner 2021 Mercer Union Centre for Contemporary Art
Posted Feb 27th, 2023 • 4 min read
Looking back on 25 years. Our past prize-winners reflect….. John Dickson – Artist Prize 2002 “I received the award in 2002 so a lot [...]
Posted Jan 31st, 2023 • 4 min read
In early 2023, our prize-winners are involved with many exhibitions and shows. As promised for our 25th anniversary, we lead off with quotes [...]
Posted Dec 27th, 2022 • 3 min read
NOTE FROM the PRESIDENT In the flurry of the holidays, you may not have had time to read our December ‘Prize Winners in the [...]