250
Members
20
Years supporting the
visual arts
204
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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Three sculptures from Esmaa Mohamoud’s Glorious Bones series at the Georgia Scherman Projects booth at Art Toronto 2018. Photo: Instagram / @i.witness.

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

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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Our Prize-Winners in the News

Posted Jan 3rd, 2020 • < 1 min read
Other Life-Formings, an unusual multi-media exhibition focusing on animation opens Monday January 13, 2020 at the Blackwood Gallery, at the University of [...]

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Our Prize-Winners in the News

Posted Nov 5th, 2019 • < 1 min read
Momus Turns Five The on line art criticism site @MomusArt, published and edited by Sky Goodden, has selected the work of three [...]

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