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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Sensing the Miraculous

London artist Jack Chambers made the everyday profound
By Mark A. Cheetham

Art Mission

The pioneering work of New France priest Louis Nicolas

By François-Marc Gagnon

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The Canadian Art Library

After viewing ACI books online, you’ll soon be able to hold the print-edition versions in your hands.

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Fact: Queen Victoria loved Canadian artists! In addition to keeping works by Kitchener-born landscape painter Homer Watson in her personal collection, the monarch considered Montreal-based photographer William Notman “Photographer to the Queen.” Learn how it happened: https://bit.ly/2Hk4Sgk

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Art Book Trailer:

“The circumstances of Gershon Iskowitz’s early life—the trauma of the Holocaust and the uncertainty of the immediate postwar period, followed by immigration to Canada—provide the context within which we must try to understand and appreciate his work.” Ihor Holubizky

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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 >

Shuvinai Ashoona

Re-Imagining the World

Curated by Nancy G. Campbell

Jock Macdonald

The Search for New Forms of Beauty

Curated by Joyce Zemans

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