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

Personal, Local, and National: Greg Curnoe’s Vision Curated by Judith Rodger

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Born on this day 114 years ago: Montreal-based painter Goodridge Roberts who was a master of landscape, portrait, and still life painting.

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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


How the Inuit artist
Shuvinai Ashoona entered
the contemporary canon and
international museums

By Nancy G. Campbell
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