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


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

Shuvinai Ashoona

Re-Imagining the World

Curated by Nancy G. Campbell

Decolonizing History Painting

An excerpt from the ACI’s book

“Revision and Resistance”

By Ruth B. Phillips and Mark Salber Phillips

Naming and Reclaiming

Robert Houle’s art critiques appropriation of Indigenous culture

By Shirley Madill

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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