250
Members
21
Years supporting the
visual arts
211
prizes awarded

Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts is a member-based independent non-profit organization founded in 1998.

TFVA offers an active education program for 250 members, promotes a knowledge and understanding of traditional and current art, architecture, landscape design, and the decorative arts through lectures, films, gallery tours, studio visits, travel, museum and art institution visits.

Our mission is to encourage excellence and creativity by supporting up-and-coming artists and art organizations. Every year at our annual Tribute Night, we celebrate art and artists by giving financial support. So far we are proud to have awarded over $850,000 to the visual arts community.

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, financially support and salute a wide and diverse community in the visual arts.

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Latest News

Virtual Tribute Night 2020

Posted May 12th, 2020 • 5 min read
Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts A celebration of our award winners! Founders Achievement Award: Robert HouleArtist Prize Winner: Anique JordanArtist Prize [...]

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TFVA 2020 Award Winners

Posted Apr 21st, 2020 • 2 min read
Alice Adelkind, President of the Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts announced today the recipients of $70,000 in awards. This is good [...]

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Our Prize-winners in the News

Posted Feb 10th, 2020 • < 1 min read
Public Studio, a collective art practice of Elle Flanders, filmmaker and Tamira Sawatsky, architect, is a TFVA Project Support winner [2019]. The [...]

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Institutions We Have Recently Supported