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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 – February 2023 Edition

Posted Feb 27th, 2023 • 4 min read
Looking back on 25 years. Our past prize-winners reflect….. John Dickson – Artist Prize 2002 “I received the award in 2002 so a lot [...]

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Our Prize-winners in the News – January 2023 Edition

Posted Jan 31st, 2023 • 4 min read
In early 2023, our prize-winners are involved with many exhibitions and shows. As promised for our 25th anniversary, we lead off with quotes [...]

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Note From the President

Posted Dec 27th, 2022 • 3 min read
NOTE FROM the PRESIDENT In the flurry of the holidays, you may not have had time to read our December ‘Prize Winners in the [...]

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