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

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The Essay


How Paul-Émile
Borduas’s Refus Global
began a revolution

By François-Marc Gagnon

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What can a painting tell us about the relationship between artist and sitter? The subject in “Girl in the Window” (1941) is not totally nude, and the image is not explicitly erotic. But by making the choice to reveal the woman’s breasts, #PrudenceHeward presents her as vulnerable and accessible to the viewer’s gaze, indicating an imbalance of power between a white female artist and black female models.



An Introduction to

Shuvinai Ashoona: Life & Work

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Online Exhibition

William Notman’s Photographic Inventions Curated by Sarah Parsons


My Canada, My Art History presents Dr. Samantha Nutt

My Canada, My Art History

Dr. Samantha Nutt on Colorado River Delta #2 by Edward Burtynsky