Years supporting the
visual arts
in visual arts awards

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

TFVA offers an active education program for 240 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 $830,000 to the visual arts community.

TFVA 20th Anniversary Panel Event, Hart House / Photo: Isabella Cesari

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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Coco Guzman, Paraiso, 2017 (detail) / Photo: Coco Guzman

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

President’s Letter Dec 2018

Posted Dec 15th, 2018 • 4 min read
Dear Members, Toronto Friends has had a wonderful and vibrant 20th year with our committees leading the celebrations, each in their own [...]

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Sad loss to Toronto arts community: Paul Duval

Posted Nov 26th, 2018 • 1 min read
Our 2010 Founders Achievement Award winner, Paul Duval, died on August 4, 2018 at the age of 96. He was a prolific [...]

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Toronto Art Scene

Posted Nov 12th, 2018 • 1 min read
Toronto Art Happenings you won’t want to miss! Tony Romano: Pigro Toronto Sculpture Garden 115 King St East   Tony Romano is [...]

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