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

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The Essay


How Paul-Émile
Borduas’s Refus Global
began a revolution

By François-Marc Gagnon

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Happy birthday to Ojibwe artist #CarlBeam who in 1986, made Canadian art history when his monumental work—“The North American Iceberg” (1985)—became the first-ever First Nations artwork acquired by the National Gallery of Canada as contemporary art.



An Introduction to

Shuvinai Ashoona: 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