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

An Eye for Animals

Why wildlife plays a part in Alex Colville’s art

By Ray Cronin

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Joyce Wieland is our Motivation Monday: the Toronto-born painter and filmmaker used art as a way to explore political issues such as the Vietnam War and civil rights with works like this painting “Betsy Ross, Look What They’ve Done to the Flag You Made with Such Care” (1966). Learn more about Wieland’s activism here: http://bit.ly/2G0dcz9

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Art Book Trailer:

Helen McNicoll. Life & Work

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Online Exhibition

Natural Phenomenon: Tom Thomson’s meteoric career Curated by David P. Silcox


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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