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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Dictionary 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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“In a sense, scientists and artists are doing the same thing. This world of pattern is a world we are discovering together.” —Kazuo Nakamura (1926–2002, Japanese-Canadian abstract artist and Painters Eleven member)

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Book Trailer:

Greg Curnoe

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Online Exhibition

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


The Essay


How Norval Morrisseau’s 1962 Exhibition Changed Canadian Art

By Carmen Robertson
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