Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts (TFVA) issued its 2019 award announcement this week, with a total in $77,500 distributed.
Leading the awards is Esmaa Mohamoud, who is receiving the $15,000 Artist Prize. Mohamoud works in sculpture and installation focused on cultural constructs of Blackness. Recently, her work was featured in Frieze magazine and in a For Freedoms project in New York.
Runners-up for the Artist Prize this year are Tau Lewis, who won a Frieze Frame Stand Prize last year, and Michèle Pearson Clarke, who was recently named photographer laureate of Toronto. Each receives $5,000.
Recognized with the $10,000 TFVA Founders Achievement Award was Katharine Lochnan. Now retired from the Art Gallery of Ontario, where she worked for decades as a curator and created a Prints and Drawings Department, Lochnan is continuing academic pursuits.
Public Studio, a collective comprised of Elle Flanders and Tamira Sawatzky, are receiving $8,000 in project support from TFVA to produce an artist book about a 57-day walk along the Bruce Trail.
The new Museum of Contemporary Art also received $12,500 from TFVA.
All these recipients and more will be celebrated at an event May 7 at Hart House in Toronto.