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 Sep 29th, 2019 • 2 min read
Sandra Brewster, our Artist Prize Winner in 2018 is having a very busy and productive year. Her exhibition Town Girls Beneath at [...]

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Our Prize-Winners in the News

Posted Sep 29th, 2019 • 2 min read
On Sunday October 6, 2019 Oakville Galleries is opening two solo shows of two of our Artist Prize Winners! Georgia Dickie won [...]

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Toronto Biennial of Art

Posted Sep 20th, 2019 • 1 min read
The inaugural Toronto Biennial of Art has opened. Congratulations to the organizers on such a massive undertaking, a gift to our city. [...]

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