Welcome to the ACI

We want you to be a part of the conversation on Canadian art and its history regardless of your access to bricks-and-mortar museums or knowledge of the subject. Before the ACI, there was no organization exclusively dedicated to Canadian art history research, education, and promotion. We launched in 2013 to fill this void in the cultural landscape and today, we are dedicated to creating a multi-vocal, bilingual, comprehensive web resource on the subject. Our library of open source books and K-12 education programs reach hundred of thousands in Canada and abroad. Based at Massey College at the University of Toronto, the Art Canada Institute is a not-for-profit educational organization and a registered Canadian charity. LEARN MORE



Visit our library to read or download our Online Art Books. Learn More

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Our teacher resource guides facilitate the study of all subjects through Canadian art and artists for students in grades K to 12. LEARN MORE

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Black Art Matters

Fourteen Canadian Artists to Know

Natural Phenomenon

Tom Thomson’s meteoric career

Curated by David P. Silcox

The Essay

History Painting

An excerpt from the ACI’s book

“Revision and Resistance”

By Ruth B. Phillips and Mark Salber Phillips

Painting the Cultural Mosaic

William Kurelek traversed the country in a quest to capture its diverse inhabitants

Inventing her Style

Largely self-taught, Pitseolak Ashoona forged a style all her own

By Christine Lalonde

Glossary of Canadian Art History

A comprehensive dictionary of art movements, styles, and persons who have shaped the Canadian scene. LEARN MORE

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