260
Members
22
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.

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

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Latest News

Our Prize-winners in the News March 2021

Posted Apr 2nd, 2021 • 4 min read
Vera Frenkel –Founders Achievement Award 2018 Vera Frenkel is being recognized on many fronts at this moment. Two of her works will [...]

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Our Prize-winners in the News February 2021

Posted Feb 28th, 2021 • 3 min read
Philip Monk – Founders Achievement Award for 2021 Philip Monk reviews Luis Jacob’s book, FormFollows Fiction: Art and Artists in Toronto, in the February 12 [...]

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Our Prize-winners in the News

Posted Dec 4th, 2020 • 3 min read
Robert Houle – Founders Achievement Award 2020, Art Canada Institute – Project Support Award 2015Learn more by reading Robert Houle: Life and Work authored by Shirley [...]

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