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prizes awarded

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, financially support and salute a wide and diverse community in the visual arts.

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Latest News

Tribute Night 2021

Posted May 11th, 2021 • 5 min read
Founders Achievement Award:Philip Monk Artist Prize Finalists:Jen AitkenRouzbeh AkhbariMelissa GeneralOreka JamesShellie Zhang Project Support:STEPS Public ArtMercer UnionNIA Public ArtInspirations StudioKatherine Knight at [...]

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2021 Prize-winners

Posted May 8th, 2021 • 2 min read
PRESS RELEASE TFVA ANNOUNCES 2021 AWARDS Alice Adelkind, President of the Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts, announced today the recipients of [...]

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Our Prize Winners in the News April 2021

Posted Apr 20th, 2021 • 3 min read
Anique Jordan – Artist Prize 2020 Anique is one of five artists chosen for the 2021 RBC Emerging Artist Project – With [...]

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