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What we do

Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts is an independent non-profit organization founded in 1998. The organization gives financial support to the visual arts in the greater Toronto area and provides an educational program for its members. TFVA presents annual awards, which are given at our May Tribute Night. We have now awarded over $ 448,000 since 1998.

To contact us send an email to: info@tfva.ca.
TFVA does not respond to letters of inquiry, unsolicited nominations or funding requests.

Current Awards

2013 Artist Prize $10,000 each for Public Studio AND Jennifer Rose Sciarrino

Winner Public Studio
The collective art practice of ELLE FLANDERS AND TAMARA SAWATZKY was founded in 2007. Flanders, a filmmaker, and Sawatzky, a practicing architect, focus on landscape as a site of cultural struggle. Presented in hauntingly beautiful images, they challenge viewers to look more closely at the world around us. http://publicstudio.ca/

Winner Jennifer Rose Sciarrino
Sciarrino works in sculpture, installation and photography. Engaging with synthetic materials in unexpected ways, she makes sculpture and drawings to mimic the natural world, but her objects are never quite what they seem. www.jennsciarrino.com/

Finalist Dara Gellman
Gellman has shown works and screenings in over 80 exhibitions in Canada and internationally.  An artist working in video and installations, her latest works explore the mythic and metamorphic aspects of “pearls”. www.daragellman.com/

2013 Project Support $15,000 SITEMEDIA INC for the Film Spring & Arnaud

SPRING & ARNAUD is a breathtakingly tender portrait of two artists, Spring Hurlbut and the late Arnaud Maggs, co-directed by Katherine Knight and Marcia Connnolly, cinematographer, and produced by Katherine Knight, David Craig and Marcia Connolly. It world premiered at HOT DOCS 2013.


2013 Achievement Award $10,000 Jessica Bradley

Curator of contemporary art, commissioner for Canada of three Venice Biennales, Bradley is credited with having exceptional talent in recognizing new and worthy artists whom she represents in her two galleries, Jessica Bradley Gallery and Jessica Bradley Annex.

2013 TFVA Founders Award $10,000 THE POWER PLANT

The Power Plant will use the award to fund a unique artist’s book by Micah Lexier for his September 2013 exhibition ONE, AND TWO, AND MORE THAN TWO at the gallery. The book will accompany Lexier’s 100 regional artists’ vitrine displays. Achievement Award recipient Sarah Milroy (2011) has generously donated her award towards the funding of the exhibition as a lead sponsor. www.thepowerplant.org


 The grant will be used toward the emerging youth artist residency program.