Tribute Night 2019

Over our 20 years, TFVA has awarded just shy of $900,000 to art and artists in the greater Toronto area. On Tuesday May 7th, 2019, we honoured and celebrated this year’s award recipients at Hart House, with a sellout audience of members, proposed members and guests from the art community.

 

photo James Donald

 

 

Chair Sue Pielsticker and her team did a wonderful job organizing the evening, and the wine and food were wonderful.

 

photo James Donald

 

 

 

The awardees, receiving a total of $65,000, were appreciative and enthusiastic and created palpable energy in the room. One awardee said: ‘Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts works across class, age, race and gender, and manages to reach into all the corners to extract and find the artists”. We should be very proud of that statement and it is a great credit to the three Award Committees, chaired by Harriet Stairs,  Meredith Saunderson, and Frances Price, who research and discover this talent.

 

 

2019 Winners

Artist Prize Award, chair Harriet Stairs
Winner – Esmaa Mohamoud
Finalists – Michèle Pearson Clarke and Tau Lewis (who was unable to attend)

Finalist Michèle Pearson Clarke and Winner Esmaa Mohamoud with Artist Prize Chair Harriet Stairs; photo James Donald

 

 

 

Project Support, chair Meredith Saunderson
The Bentway: Ilana Altman and David Carey
for New Monuments for New Cities
Barbara Edwards Contemporary Gallery and Mark Cheetham
for Ecologies of Landscape
Trinity Square Video and Mitchell Akiyama for Everyonce
Public Studio: Elle Flanders and Tamira Sawatzky for Unsettled
K&F Video Productions: Maggie Butterfield Dickinson and Irina Fertman
for our own history video project

Curators Ilana Altman and David Carey from The Bentway and the artists of New Monuments for New Cities; photo James Donald

 

 

Elle Flanders and Tamira Sawatzky from Public Studio with Project Support Chair Meredith Saunderson; photo James Donald

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Founders Achievement Award, chair Frances Price
Dr. Katharine Lochnan

Dr Katharine Lochnan with Founders Achievement Chair Frances Price

 

 

President Sally Bongard summed up the evening perfectly, commenting on what a privilege and honour it is, as members of TFVA, to be so close to the Toronto arts community, to learn so much more about what they are doing and to provide awards to such talent.

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