Founded in 1975, the Ukrainian Canadian Art Foundation is a registered charity that is a very active and unique cornerstone of Toronto’s and Ontario’s vibrant Ukrainian-Canadian visual arts community.
The Foundation was initiated by Mykhailo and Yaroslawa Shafraniuk who endowed it with their private collection. This contribution formed the nucleus of the Foundation’s Permanent Collection and gave it the impetus to grow and foster Ukrainian art in Canada.
Within a very short period of time the Foundation established its Art Gallery facility and its trade mark “KUMFʺ, which is an acronym for the Foundation’s name in Ukrainian: ʺКанадсько-Українська Мистецька Фундаціяʺ or ʺKУMФʺ.
Since its inception, the Foundation has attracted enthusiastic Boards of volunteer Directors, staff, and volunteers who produced numerous fundraising events, exhibits, and publications.
The Art Gallery features well-known artists but it also gives beginners their first opportunity to be seen, recognized, and appreciated. The popularity of the KUMF™ Gallery also attracts other organizations which hold their events on the Gallery’s premises, including lectures, seminars, and literary evenings, that enrich the cultural life of the community.
Currently, UCAF’s Permanent Collection consists of some 500 pieces of fine art, representing 155 artists, and spanning over 90 years, and it continues to grow.
The Permanent Collection contains paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture executed in a wide range of artistic styles, genres and media. Works of well-known Canadian and American artists of Ukrainian background, as well as contributions from outstanding visual artists from Ukraine, dominate the Permanent Collection.
Selected art from the Permanent Collection is frequently exhibited in the UCAF Art Gallery.
Over the past forty one years, the KUMF™ Gallery has become a centre of Ukrainian life in Western Toronto, where a large number of Ukrainians live.
It is also home to the Ukrainian Association of Visual Artists of Canada