240
Members
20
Years supporting the
visual arts
$830K+
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

Tribute Night Winners in the news

Posted May 6th, 2019 • 1 min read
We have had quite a bit of coverage of the announcement of our winners! Canadian Art wrote it up here, featuring Esmaa [...]

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A Visit with Nep Sidhu at Mercer Union

Posted Mar 20th, 2019 • 1 min read
Art can stand on its own and touch your soul .Learning the art’s backstory and examining the layers of symbolism can often [...]

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Our Prize-Winners in the News

Posted Feb 18th, 2019 • 2 min read
Coco Guzmán, an Artist Prize finalist from 2017, opens her MFA thesis exhibition, “Las cosas que se quedan / The things that [...]

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Institutions We Have Recently Supported