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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.
As a group you are dedicated, daring and devoted. TFVA's willingness and openness to new ideas and practices and your devotion to Toronto artists is unparalleled. Nobody does what you do. So I thank you again not just for Tamira and myself but for Toronto artists generally. ”
Elle Flanders and Tamira Sawatsky / Artist Prize Winners 2013 ( tied) Public Studio
Through the generosity of TFVA, Mercer Union was able to navigate the challenges of our closure by developing online activities that both supported our exhibiting artist and engaged our audiences. I can't thank you enough for stepping forward to support our work at a critical time. ”
Julia Paoli / Project Support Winner 2021 Mercer Union Centre for Contemporary Art
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 [...]
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 [...]