Who We Are

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 $500,000 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

2015 Artist Prize $15,000 to NADIA BELERIQUE

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

2015 Artist Prize Finalist $5,000 LAURIE KANG

LAURIE's practice is based in photography, sculpture, video, performative collaborations and collage. www.lauriekang.com/cv

2015 Artist Prize Finalist $5,000 NIALL MCCLELLAND

NIALL's work draws heavily on the symbolic languages of punk subcultures, as well as the iconography of protest and street aesthetics. www.niall-mcclelland.com/cv

2015 Project Support $10,000 THE ART CANADA INSTITUTE

SARA ANGEL founded a non-profit bilingual educational organization in 2013. The Art Canada Institute is redefining the conversation about Canadian art history in a twenty first century medium. This award enabled the ACI to create and publish the online art book Joyce Weiland: Life and Work by Dr. Joanne Sloan. www.aci-iac.ca/joyceweiland


2015 Project Support $5,000 KATE ADDLEMAN-FRANKEL

KATE ADDLEMAN-FRANKEL, photo historian, arts writer, and independent curator is the curator of the featured exhibition of the 2015 Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival, Bright Lights Dark City, which explores the history of Niagara Custom Lab. Niagara Custom Lab is one of the last labs that processes celluloid for artists working in film. Kate's Linkedin Profile


2014 Achievement Award $10,000 David Liss

DAVID is Artistic Director and Curator of the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art. During his tenure, he has developed MOCCA from an emerging gallery in North York to a Queen West institution widely recognized for its significant contributions to art and culture in Toronto and beyond.


PAMELA GIBSON was a valued member of TFVA since its inception.