Welcome to the ACI

We want you to be a part of the conversation on Canadian art history and to enjoy it as much as we do, regardless of how much you know about the subject or your access to a bricks-and-mortar museum. 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. Today, the Art Canada Institute is dedicated to creating a multi-vocal, bilingual, comprehensive web resource on the subject. 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 >

Canadian Online Art Book Project

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

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Online Exhibition

Robert Houle: Making Art to Decolonize History Curated by Shirley Madill

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Can you guess which West Coast Canadian artist made this painting? Hint: He was famous for his graceful landscapes then switched to abstraction while living in Nootka, BC. Find out who it is here: https://bit.ly/2rBg8f8

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Art Book Trailer:

Lionel LeMoine FitzGerald. Life & Work

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Glossary of Canadian Art History

A comprehensive dictionary of art movements, styles, and persons who have shaped the Canadian scene. Learn More >


The Essay

as the

Paterson Ewen’s
painting gets physical

By John G. Hatch
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