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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

Our Prize Winners in the News – October 2022 Edition

Posted Nov 8th, 2022 • 3 min read
We are delighted to highlight some of the recent activities from our prizewinners. Laurie Kang – Artist Prize Finalist 2015 Mercer Union, a centre for contemporary art, has [...]

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Our Prize Winners in the News – September 2022 Edition

Posted Sep 7th, 2022 • 3 min read
2022 has been a busy summer for everyone and our prize-winners are no exception. We were delighted to learn of the work [...]

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Our Prize-winners in the News! June 2022 Edition

Posted Jul 1st, 2022 • 3 min read
Erika DeFreitas – Artist Prize Finalist 2016 If you are travelling to Quebec, Erika DeFreitas’ work is on view at the 7th edition of ORANGE, St. Hyacinthe’s [...]

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