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PRESS RELEASE APRIL 18, 2017

TORONTO FRIENDS OF THE VISUAL ARTS
ANNOUNCE THEIR AWARDEES FOR 2017


FOUNDERS ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: $10,000

EBERHARD ZEIDLER and two of his daughters, CHRISTINA AND MARGIE are recognized for their landmark contributions to the architectural, civic and urban landscapes in Toronto. Having worked both together with their father and apart, Christina and Margie have contributed to the revitalization of the urban core with their architectural restorations of the Gladstone Hotel and 401 Richmond, providing exhibition and workspace for a wide cross section of artists and community groups.


ARTIST PRIZE: $15,000

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


FINALISTS ARTIST PRIZE: $5000 each

MARVIN LUVUALU ANTÓNIO 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.

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


PROJECT SUPPORT: $9600

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.akinprojects.org


PROJECT SUPPORT: $5000

ART GALLERY OF YORK UNIVERSITY (AGYU)’S Director Philip Monk and curator Emile Chhangur curate 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. Seven artists are involved including our past Finalist Artist Prize awardee Erika DeFreitas and coincidentally our 2017 Artist Prize Awardee Nep Sidhu. www.theAGYUisOUTThere.org


PROJECT SUPPORT: $3000

BRETT DESPOTOVICH, created and produced Channel 2, five-nights of three hour performances of music, video art, guests and discussions in January 2017. www.despotovich.com


PROJECT SUPPORT: $7400

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 Smit-Dicks, and MIGRATION, the work of Jerome Havre are supported by the award. www.8eleven.org


TFVA 20TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL AWARD in 2018: $22,000

ART MUSEUM, UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO for the publication of Form Follows Fiction: Art and Artists in Toronto, written and curated by Luis Jacob. This will be a hard cover full colour book including 86 artists, the first publication of a thematic interpretation of over fifty years of Toronto art and artists.


TFVA HAS NOW GIVEN OVER $600,000 TO THE ART COMMUNITY.  www.tfva.ca
For further information, contact Marjorie Thomson admare.thomson@rogers.com