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Dear ACI readers,


With our bricks-and-mortar museums only able to offer limited visiting opportunities at present, online access to Canadian art is more important than ever. While we all continue to spend more time at home to protect each other and those on the front lines, we recognize the need for art-based emotional and educational healing. ACI offers comfort, inspiration, and thought-provoking content—accessible to all, for no charge, in both English and French. We are committed to putting forth our content when the world needs it the most.


We want you to be a part of the conversation on Canadian art history and to enjoy it as much as we do. 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


Visit our library to read or download our Online Art Books. Learn More

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Quebec City

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

Brush with

Paraskeva Clark meets
Dr. Norman Bethune


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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A New Vision of the North

Annie Pootoogook’s art offers unprecedented insights into the contemporary Arctic

Beyond the

Gershon Iskowitz gave
Canadians a new way
of seeing trees and sky

William Notman

Photographic Inventions

Curated by Sarah Parsons

Greg Curnoe’s Vision

Personal, Local, and National

Curated by Judith Rodger

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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