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 level. ACI offers an ever-growing online, open-source comprehensive bilingual library and a wide range of resources on the artists who have defined this country’s cultural landscape. We are committed to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusivity in all aspects of our programming, staffing, and governance. We celebrate and support Canadian artists of all backgrounds, inclusive of all BIPOC and LGBTQ2S+ communities. Our library of open-source books and our K-12 education programs reach hundreds 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

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Choosing Quebec City

Jean Paul Lemieux never grew tired of making a muse of his hometown 

By Michèle Grandbois

A Daring Inspiration

Oscar Cahén was a driving force in early Canadian modernism, abstraction, and the Painters Eleven

By Jaleen Grove

Early Snow: Michael Snow 1947-1962

In Partnership with the Art Gallery of Hamilton

Shuvinai Ashoona: Mapping Worlds

Ashoona’s captivating drawings position her at the forefront of contemporary art in Canada


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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