Changing the Narrative for the Twenty-first Century

The goal of the Redefining Canadian Art History Fellowship Program at the Art Canada Institute (ACI) is to revisit and redefine the framework of art history in Canada through studies on Canadian and Indigenous artists whose lives and works are underrepresented.

About Our FellowshipS

The Redefining Canadian Art History Fellowship Program was established because the history of art in Canada that is exhibited in museums and taught in schools and universities has been dominated, for the most part, by artists who were white men, and it has followed a colonial narrative. Yet critical contributions to art in this country have been made by artists who are Indigenous, Black, People of Colour, 2SLGBTQQIA+, Nonbinary, Gender Non-conforming, Deaf, Living with Disabilities, and Women—and their artworks often remain unknown. The Redefining Canadian Art History Fellowship is intended to contribute to a fundamental re-working of the narrative of Canadian art history by incentivizing major research projects on the full range of visual culture across the country in all its rich diversity.


In May 2022, ACI will award five individuals with fellowships for one year to study an archival or museum collection or body of work that is related to an artist (or group of artists, especially in the case of a collection with multiple contributors) overlooked due to gender, racial, or cultural background. Each fellowship will be an award of $30,000. Areas of research specialty may include, but are not limited to, First Nations, Métis, and Inuit art; African Canadian art; Asian Canadian art; art by racialized Canadian artists; and Canadian art and gender and sexual diversity. Recipients will participate in a mentorship program that consists of one-to-one sessions as well as group meetings to explore issues of research, writing, and current debates and critical issues; in addition to having a designated mentor, Fellows will have the opportunity to connect with leaders in their chosen field through the program. Fellows will prepare their research for presentation at a national symposium and in a bilingual publication organized by the ACI, to be distributed in an online format.


Our submissions deadline for the Art Canada Institute’s Redefining Canadian Art History Fellowship Program has now passed and the selection process has begun. Thank you to everyone who applied and expressed interest. If you are interested in applying next year, please review the information below and contact to be notified when applications re-open.



Banner images: [1] Edward Mitchell Bannister, Newspaper Boy, 1869, oil on canvas, 76.6 x 63.7 cm, Collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC, Gift of Jack Hafif and Frederick Weingeroff (1983.95.85). [2] P. Mansaram, Image India #53, 1994, ink on paper, Collection of the Royal Ontario Museum, © ROM. [3] Lady Henrietta Hamilton, Portrait of Demasduit (Mary March), 1819, watercolour on ivory miniature, Collection of Library and Archives Canada. [4] Germaine Arnaktauyok, Tattoo Lady, 1999, etching, 36.8 x 27.9 cm, various collections.

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