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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.
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
The support from TFVA really changed how were able to support the artist in this time - I can’t thank the Friends enough for seeing this need and helping at this critical time. ”
Julia Paoli / Project Support Winner 2021 Mercer Union Centre for Contemporary Art
Posted Oct 5th, 2021 • 6 min read
As the world opens up, we are looking forward to TFVA prize winners’ current and future exhibits and projects taking place locally, [...]
Posted Jun 25th, 2021 • < 1 min read
President Frances Price Past President Alice Adelkind Secretary Phyllis Ortved Treasurer Sharon Bacal Program Committee Rita Daniel Founders Achievement Award Harriet Stairs [...]