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Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts is a member-based independent non-profit organization.

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.

TFVA Tribute Night 2019; photo James Donald

Our History

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.

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Sandy Bay Residential School Series, Oilstick on paper, 2009, Image courtesy of the McMichael Canadian Collection

Our Awards

Our annual awards, presented at Tribute Night held in May, salute a wide and diverse community in the visual arts.

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Latest News

Prize Winners in the News – Summer 2021

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, [...]

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Board of Directors 2021/2022

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 [...]

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Tribute Night 2021

Posted May 11th, 2021 • 5 min read
Founders Achievement Award:Philip Monk Artist Prize Finalists:Jen AitkenRouzbeh AkhbariMelissa GeneralOreka JamesShellie Zhang Project Support:STEPS Public ArtMercer UnionNIA Public ArtInspirations StudioKatherine Knight at [...]

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