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 >

Visit the ACI Library

Online Exhibition

Helen McNicoll’s Subversive Femininity Curated by Samantha Burton

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Born on this day in 1926, painter William Ronald was the driving force behind the formation of Painters Eleven—an Ontario-based abstract art collective active in the 1950s. We love the bold, thick brushstrokes that Ronald applies in "Playmate" (1981). What’s your favourite Ronald masterpiece?

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Art Book Trailer:

Lionel LeMoine FitzGerald. 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

Picasso of
the North

How Norval Morrisseau pushed back
against colonial expectations of
Indigenous art and found his voice

By Carmen Robertson
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