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

Jock Macdonald: The Search for New Forms of Beauty Curated by Joyce Zemans

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What links the work of Inuk printmaker Pitseolak Ashoona and Montreal Impressionist Helen McNicoll? Their art couldn’t look more different, but both painters often depicted rural women at work in the places that they lived.

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Art Book Trailer:

Paterson Ewen. 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

Reign of
the ’60s
Art Scene

How Harold Town
held sway at galleries,
parties, and politics

By Gerta Moray
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