About Our Awards

The TFVA annual awards provide support and recognition in a variety of categories. The recipients are selected through procedures that include extensive research, studio visits, recommendations from curators, nominations from TFVA members and consultations with the visual arts community.

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

Artist Prize

The Artist Prize recognizes a late-emerging to early mid-career artist, whose primary practice is in the greater Toronto area, and who demonstrates exceptional talent, with an exhibition history in either solo or group exhibitions. The Artist Prize winner receives $15,000 and the finalists each receive $5,000.

An art installation of a landscape divided into five banners

A Trace, 2016-17 / Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid

2018 Winner: Sandra Brewster
Sandra Brewster is a multidisciplinary artist whose work has been exhibited nationally and abroad, engaging themes that grapple with notions of identity, representation and memory.
http://sandrabrewster.com

A image of a metal structure with hanging banner of text

Where Once Stood A Bandstand for Cruising & Shelter, 2017 / Photo: Henry Chan

2018 Finalist: Hazel Meyer
Hazel Meyer is an interdisciplinary artist who works with installation, performance and text to investigate the relationships between sport, sexuality, feminism and material culture.
http://hazelmeyer.com

A sepia photo of a woman with raised arm standing in front of Toronto buildings

BlackGrange (series of 7), 2018

2018 Finalist: Camille Turner
Camille Turner is an explorer of race, space, home and belonging. Straddling media, social practice and performance art, her work has been seen throughout Canada and internationally.
http://camilleturner.com

A mixed textile art installation of a wall hanging with geometric shapes and a fishing net.

A Song for my Father , in the Tune of My Mothers, 2017 / Photo: The Art Gallery of York University

2017 Winner: Nep Sidhu
NEP SIDHU lives and works in Toronto with satellite studios and projects in India. Through the practice of continuum and study of technique, his textile, painting and sculpture provide a contemporary context to explore the sacred and divine with a focus on ceremony and adornment.
www.nepsidhu.com

An art installation featuring a red room with a carved figure and textile wall hangings.

2017 Finalist: Marvin Luvualu Antonio
MARVIN LUVUALU ANTONIO is a Toronto-based artist with a multidisciplinary approach to art making. His practice is instinctive, personal and performative, investigating the politics of object, place, race and body.
marvinluvualuantonio.tumblr.com

The Demonstration, MAI (Montreal), 2016 / Photo: Paul Litherland

2017 Finalist: Coco Guzman
COCO GUZMAN is a Toronto-based, queer identifying artist originally from Southern Spain. Guzman's drawings and installations tell stories of silenced histories and memories to challenge social oppression and advocate for change.
www.cocoriot.com

An art installation in which simple gym equipment is recreated in wood and textile.

You Can('t) and You Should(n't), 2016 / Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid

2016 Winner: vsvsvs
vsvsvs is a seven person collective based out of a warehouse in Toronto' portlands. Their members are Wallis Cheung, Ryan Clayton, Anthony Cooper, James Gardner, Stephen McLeod, Laura Simon and Miles Stemp. Formed in 2010, vsvsvs' activities encompass collective art making, a residency program, a formal exhibition space and individual studio practice.
www.vsvsvs.org

An image of hands over a white table cutting out shapes with a pen knife.

studies on how to move water (arrangements and compositions) No. 11, 2017

2016 Finalist: Erika DeFreitas
ERIKA DeFREITAS is a Toronto-based multidisciplinary conceptual artist. She explores the influence of language, loss and culture on the formation of identity through public intervention, textile-based works and performative actions that are photographed, placing an emphasis on process, gesture and documentation.
www.erikadefreitas.com

An image of a woman kneeling over an arrangement of purple and pink pastel garments.

2016 Finalist: Bridget Moser
BRIDGET MOSER is a Toronto-based performance and video artist whose work is suspended between prop comedy, experimental theatre, performance art, absurd literature, existential anxiety and intuitive dance.
www.bridgetmoser.com

A collage of small images and thin lines with the feet and bottom of a figure appearing to float in the centre.

On Sleep Stones / Photo: Grazer Kunstverein

2015 Winner: Nadia Belerique
NADIA BELERIQUE constructs installations that engage with the poetics of perception and asks how images perform in contemporary culture.
www.nadiabelerique.com

An art installation featuring four brown textured hangin panels.

2015 Finalist: Laurie Kang
LAURIE KANG's practice is based in photography, sculpture, video, performative collaborations and collage.
www.lauriekang.com

An abstract painting with colored strokes on a dark green and white background.

2015 Finalist: Niall McClelland
NIALL MCCLELLAND's work draws heavily on the symbolic languages of punk subcultures, as well as the iconography of protest and street aesthetics.
http://box2119.temp.domains/~clintroe/artists/niall/

An art installation featuring three metal sculptures in a white room.

Those Who Feed Birds, 2017

2014 Winner: Georgia Dickie

www.georgiadickie.com

Five rows of small clocks all lined up on a white wall.

2014 Finalist: Ken Nicol
KEN NICOL'S practice is very focused on the present and captures the desperation we feel at one moment or another about the imprint we make on the world over a day or a lifetime.
www.k-nicol.com/

An art installation featuring a white banner with green lines and spirals.

2013 Winner: Jennifer R. Sciarrino

www.jennsciarrino.com

A wood room opening onto an image of a black and white landscape.

still from The Darkness Between Lives, 2016 / Photo: Cheryl O'Brien

2013 Winner: Elle Flanders and Tamira Sawatzky

www.publicstudio.ca

Art installation featuring four metal discs on a black background

Photo: Diaz Contemporary

2013 Finalist: Dara Gellman

Art featuring a riot of colours and shapes in a tessellation.

Our Desires Fail Us, Collaboration with JP King, 2018

2012 Winner: Sean Martindale

seanmartindale.com

An art installation with white sheets on the floor covered in carefully arranged organic looking items creating shapes and patterns across the sheets.

Study for a Monument, 2015 / Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid

2012 Finalist: Abbas Akhavan

abbasakhavan.com

An art installation featuring a white room with two flat screen televisions hung in front of chairs.

That’s Why We End, parts 1 and 2, 2014 / Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid

2012 Finalist: Aleesa Cohene

www.aleesacohene.com

Art featuring snakes and chunks of grey clay.

2011 Winner: Chris Curreri

www.chriscurreri.com

A photo of an artwork with black and grey strokes in a rectangular shape on a beige background.

Staged fruit on the table with two clamp lights, 2015

2011 Finalist: Derek Liddington

derekliddington.com

Anegative transfer of flowers and leaves on a white background.

Bee (silver and black), 2015

2011 Finalist: Josh Thorpe

www.joshthorpe.com

A group of people standing in a river with a small burning pyre in the centre.

Restaurant The River, 2015

2010 Winner: Dean Baldwin

www.deanbaldwin.ca

A composition assembling various houses and other structures on a white background with a Canadian flagpole in the centre.

Rebuilding Toronto (Honest Ed’s), 2016

2010 Finalist: Sara Graham

https://citymovementca.wordpress.com

An art installation featuring a metal rectangular structure holding sheets of thick plastic.

2010 Finalist: Daniel Young and Christian Giroux

cdgy.com

An art installation with a chalkboard hanging on a white wall. The chalkboard is filled with partially erased formulas except for a single clean circle in the centre.

2009 Winner: Adam David Brown

adamdavidbrown.com

Artwork featuring what appear to be grey outlined broken shards and crumbles on a white background.

Things Fall Apart: Drawing #1, 2009

2009 Finalist: Kerri Reid

kerrireid.com

An art installation with two scissor lifts on either side of a pile of stacked bouncy castles.

Bouncy Highrise, 2015

2009 Finalist: Jon Sasaki

www.jonsasaki.com

An art installation in a white room with a small structure in the centre. You can see people behind one semi-transparent wall of the structure.

Weave, 2018

2008 Winner: Yam Lau

yamlau.com

An image of a person standing in front of a large hanging headshot with cameras standing in the foreground.

Production image from Art Fair, 2017

2008 Finalist: Diane Borsato

www.dianeborsato.net

Two brown dressers with a metal piece holding on on top of the other.

The creature, 2016 / Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid

An art installation with a wood floored room and a wall that reflects back the wood flooring.

Perspective Floor-Wall (with Volume Hear Here lighting), 2013

2007 Winner: Karen Henderson

karenhenderson.ca

An art installation featuring an assemblage of small household and other items on a white table.

Chalk to Cheese (detail), 2016 / Photo: Don Hall

2007 Finalist: Roula Partheniou

www.roulapartheniou.com

An art installation featuring hanging books and two blue rollings stairs with a person standing on one.

Albatross Omnibus, 2011 / Photo: Toni Hafkenschied

2007 Finalist: Derek Sullivan

www.dereksullivan.ca

Minature bomb atop coin dispenser.

Bomb Ride, 2008

2006 Winner: Anitra Hamilton

bsidewar.org/en/artists/hamilton-anitra/

A ceramic spider with a woman's upper body standing on a grey backdrop.

Thin Red Line, 2016

2006 Finalist: Shary Boyle

www.sharyboyle.com

A beige woven textile strip on a white background.

The Things I Can’t Say To U, 2017

2006 Finalist: Kathryn Ruppert-Dazai

https://www.instagram.com/kathrynruppertdazai/

An art installation featuring slim black poles to create the outline of a house-like structure. Black household furniture hangs from and is scattered around the installation.

Shifting Shelter, 2017 / Photo: Boja Vasic

2005 Winner: Vessna Perunovich

http://www.angellgallery.com/art[ist/vessna-perunovich

A man's arm is strapped to a lie detector in front of a hotel bed with lie detector embroidered onto the blanket.

The Directed Lie, 2009 (ongoing)

2005 Finalist: Paulette Phillips

paulette-phillips.ca

An abstract artwork with painted strokes that resemble woodchips.

Debris Field, 2013

2004 Winner: Mark Bell

markcroftonbell.com

An image of a textured white wall with a pale yellow stripe running down the centre.

Radiant Yellow, 2004

2004 Finalist: Sally Späth

A group of people standing in front of a wall featuring a black and white image of people and art easels.

video still from Alex and Us, 2017

2003 Winner: Gwen Macgregor

gwenmacgregor.com

A black and white photo of a room with two beds and a woman in underwear and heels lying face down on a bed.

Dr Strangelove Dr Strangelove: dr0100-s007-01, 2003-2006

2003 Finalist: Kristan Horton

www.kristanhorton.com

An art installation featuring a series of two walls filled with square tiles with circles of colour in the centre of each.

installation at Articule Gallery in Montreal, 2008

2003 Finalist: Corinne Carlson

A photo of an outdoor art installation of metal poles with metal cymbols on top. A blue sky is in the background.

Anemones, 2016

2002 Winner: John Dickson

johndickson.ca

Two images of a different views of a house with blue windows next to each other.

Glow House #1, 2001 / Photo: Mark Kelly

2002 Finalist: Kelly Mark

kellymark.com

Two men with safety vests pushing a rock in a crosswalk. Passersby look on.

Germaine Koh, Erratic, 2002 / Photo: Germaine Koh Studio

2002 Finalist: Germaine Koh

germainekoh.com

A man kneels behind a glass panel. He is working on embroidering a large art installation that repeats the text

So Worth It!, 2017

2001 Winner: Jay Wilson

jaywilsonart.com

An image of a woman standing on the edge of a structure.

Dirty Pillows, 2001

2001 Finalist: Louise Lilliefeldt

A standing sculpture of a bird-like foot in grey with black and white talons.

Clay/Neon, 2016

Founders Achievement Award

The Founders Achievement Award of $10,000 acknowledges a person or organization that has, over time, made an exceptional contribution to the visual arts community in the GTA. A high level of accomplishment and achievement is recognized by the contribution on either a local level by positioning Toronto in a national or international context.

Founders
Award

Founders Awards were accorded between 2011 and 2014; after this date the award was merged with the Founders Achievement Award.

Project Support

Project Support Awards provide seed money for highly original projects that will make a significant contribution to the visual arts community. Also included in the criteria are creativity, excellence and accessibility to the public.

2018

The Bentway

Project Support was provided to the Bentway to support “Shadow", an installation by PUBLIC VISUALIZATOIN STUDIO for the inaugural winter season of this skating trail under Toronto's Gardiner Expressway.
www.thebentway.ca

Mercer Union

Project Support was provided to Mercer Union to support the inaugural exhibition by Director of Exhibitions and Programs Julia Paoli, a collaboration with RAGGA NYC and local queer Caribbean artists.
www.mercerunion.org

Museum of Contemporary Art, Toronto

Project Support was provided to MOCA Toronto for "When My Drums Come Knocking They Watch", a new work under the direction of NEP SIDHU to be part of the Museum's opening exhibition. https://museumofcontemporaryart.ca
www.nepsidhu.com

Whippersnapper Gallery

Project Support was provided to Whippersnapper Gallery, which over its 15 years, has assisted artists with resources and forging community, for the video screening component of 2018 projects with The Black Artist / Union.
www.whippersnapper.ca

2017

Akin Projects

AKIN PROJECTS for CAMH Youth Addiction & Concurrent Disorders Program. This project will provide 12 patient workshops with the artists, artist assistants and materials to patients in this program who need encouragement to learn to express themselves creatively.
www.akincollective.com

Art Gallery of York University

GALLERY OF YORK UNIVERSITY (AGYU)'S director Philip Monk and curator Emile Changur curated the exhibition "Migrating the Margins". This exhibition and publication look at the condition of artist production reflecting the vast changes as a result of immigration and suburban living.
www.theAGYUisOUTThere.org

Gallery 8eleven

GALLERY 8eleven is an artist-run gallery committed to showing emerging and mid-career artists. Two exhibitions, "She Makes Two From One and One", the work of SHANNON GARDEN-SMITH and EMILY SMITDICKS, and 'Migration", the work of JEROME HAVRE are supported by the award.
www.8eleven.org

Brett Despotovich

RETT DESPOTOVICH, created and produced Channel 2, a five-night, three hour performances of music, video art, guests and discussions in January 2017.
www.despotovitch.com

2016

VTape

TFVA support will assist in the ambitious renovation of the fourth floor space at 401 Richmond St. to create a 7400 sq. ft. climate controlled, barrier-free arts space. At its heart will be a newly built Media-Arts Research and Exhibition common.
www.vtape.org

"Showroom"

Support was given to "Showroom", the inaugural exhibition at the newly named Art Museum at the University of Toronto, curated by Sarah Robayo Sheridan.
https://artmuseum.utoronto.ca

Chroma Lives

"Chroma Lives" was an exhibition and research project by researcher Erin Alexa Freedman and artist Lili Huston-Herterich, creating a "living archive" of the 1983 exhibition "Chromaliving". Calling attention to the individuals behind the furnishings of "Chromaliving" and the subsequent generations of artists who work(ed) in this vein
www.chromalives.ca

Fade Resistant

ZUN LEE, a photographic artist, was awarded for his exhibition "Fade Resistance", a collection of thousands of Polaroid photographs depicting vibrant black family life. Lee is working toward an interactive digital archive of these photographs
www.zunlee.com

2015

The Art Canada Institute

The ACI is a non-profit bilingual educational organization, founded by Sara Angel in 2013, which creates authoritative and digitally accessible content on Canadian art history, available for free in both English and French for an international audience of thousands. This award enabled the ACI to create and publish the online art book "Joyce Weiland: Life & Work" by Dr. Joanne Sloan.
www.aci-iac.ca

Kate Addleman-Frankel

Kate Addleman-Frankel was the curator of the featured exhibition of the 2015 ScotiaBank Contact photography Festival "Bright Lights Dark City" which explains the history of the Niagara Custom Lab, the last lab that processes celluloid film for artists.
www.niagaracustomlab.com

2014

Art Metropole

ART METROPOLE 's award was to contribute to their exciting opportunity to establish an auxiliary exhibition, event and retail space during construction of the newly refurbished Union Station with the generous support of Osmington Inc. Art Metropole, a non-profit organization, founded by General Idea in 1974, continues to serve local and international art communities with a focus on artist-initiated publications in any media.
www.artmetropole.com

2013

Sitemedia Inc

Sitemedia received support for their film "Spring and Arnaud".
www.sitemedia.ca

2012

Koffler Centre for the Arts


www.kofflerarts.org

60 Painters Collective


www.60painters.com

Workman Arts


www.workmanarts.com

2011

University of Toronto Art Centre (UTAC)

University of Toronto Art Centre (UTAC) now known as The Art Museum at the University of Toronto, received support for SUZY LAKE'S "Political Poetics"
www.suzylake.ca

Tasman Richardson

TASMAN RICHARDSON received support for the project "Necropolis"
www.tasmanrichardson.com

2010

Open Studio for 'Printopolis'


www.openstudio.ca

2009

Barbara Fischer

Barbara Fischer received project support to curate MARK LEWIS' "Cold Morning".
www.artmuseum.utoronto.ca

Rhonda Corvese

Project support was given to Rhonda Corvese to curate the show "Remains To Be Seen".

2008

TFVA 10th Anniversary Scholarships

Four graduates, one each from OCAD University, Faculty of Design; Ryerson University, School of Image Arts; University of Toronto, School of Architecture, Landscape & Design; and York University, Faculty of Fine Arts received a $5000 scholarship.

2007

Art Gallery of York University

Art Gallery of York University (AGYU) published a catalogue accompanying the exhibition "Dr. Strangelove Dr. Strangelove" by KRISTAN HORTON.
www.kristanhorton.com

2006

Max Dean for "Robotic Chair"


Centre for Canadian Contemporary Art

The Centre for Canadian Contemporary Art received support for their website.

2005

Isaacs Seen

Support for catalog "Isaacs seen : 50 years on the art front, a gallery scrapbook" compiled by Donnalu Wigmore

Gallery 44 & YYZ Books

www.gallery44.org
www.yyzartistsoutlet.org

Toronto Alternative Art Fair International


2004

Canadian Art Foundation Film Festival

Canadian Art Foundation Film Festival for Reel Artists.

2003

Contact Photography Festival


www.scotiabankcontactphoto.com

2001

Janet Cardiff & Georges Bures-Miller

JANET CARDIFF and GEORGES BURES-MILLER for "The Paradise Institute" at the Venice Biennale.
www.cardiffmiller.co

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