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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 recognize significant achievements in our arts community with our prizes.
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.
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
One of the very first books that ACI published, “Joyce Wieland: Life & Work”, was sponsored by the Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts. Rita, I honestly could not have built ACI without TVA's faith in our work. I am so grateful to you and all TVA members for your excellent work and your belief and support of art in Canada.”
Sara Angel / Founder and Executive Director, Art Canada Institute Insitut de d’art canadien
Posted Feb 29th, 2024 • 4 min read
Rita Daniel, President of the Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts, recently announced the recipients of the 2024 TFVA Artists Prize Winners. [...]
Posted Feb 27th, 2024 • 3 min read
This edition in particular demonstrates the impact of our artists world-wide. If you are travelling, make note! Oreka James – Artist Prize Finalist [...]
Posted Jan 19th, 2024 • 3 min read
TFVA prizewinners are very busy at the beginning of 2024 – read all about them! Sandra Brewster – Artist Prize Winner 2018 Sandra Brewster works [...]