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TORONTO FRIENDS OF THE VISUAL ARTS
ANNOUNCES 2018 AWARDEES

Toronto, April 23, 2018.

Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts President Sally Bongard today announced the recipients of $115,000 in awards. She stated “We are particularly pleased that for our 20th anniversary year, we are able to encourage and support such a wide variety of artists and projects in the GTA.” The awards will be presented at a Tribute Night celebration to be held in Toronto on May 8.

TFVA Trust Fund Award: $50,000 to the McMichael Canadian Collection for the McMichael Speaker Series over the next five years, to include moderated conversations, lectures and symposia, tied to major exhibitions and supporting Director Ian Dejardin’s vision to promote the dialogue between historical and contemporary art. https://mcmichael.com

Founders Achievement Award: $10,000 to Vera Frenkel honoring her long, distinguished, and accomplished career as a writer, printmaker, photographer, multimedia artist, installation artist, and more. Her work has been exhibited extensively in Canada, U.S. and Europe earning her international respect. She was Professor in the Interdisciplinary Studio Program which she helped establish at the Faculty of Fine Arts at York University. www.verafrenkel.com

Artist Prize: $15,000 to Sandra Brewster, multidisciplinary artist whose work has been exhibited nationally and abroad, engaging themes that grapple with notions of identity, representation and memory. http://sandrabrewster.com

Artist Prize Finalist: $5,000 to Hazel Meyer, interdisciplinary artist who works with installation, performance and text to investigate the relationships between sport, sexuality, feminism and material culture. http://hazelmeyer.com

Artist Prize Finalist: $5,000 to Camille Turner, 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

Project Support
$8,000 to The Bentway to support “Shadow “, an installation by Public Visualization Studio for the inaugural winter season of this skating trail under Toronto’s Gardiner Expressway. www.thebentway.ca

$3,500 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

$12,500 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

$6,000 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


For further information contact: Marcia McClung, marciamcclung6@gmail.com 647 284-7428

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