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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Classrooms have changed since the 1800s when PEI artist #RobertHarris painted this work, but the drill is the same: across the country, children are picking up their pencils and textbooks today, the #firstdayofschool.

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An Introduction to

General Idea: Life & Work

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Online Exhibition

William Notman’s Photographic Inventions Curated by Sarah Parsons


My Canada, My Art History presents Dr. Samantha Nutt

My Canada, My Art History

Dr. Samantha Nutt on Colorado River Delta #2 by Edward Burtynsky
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