Welcome to the Art Canada Institute.

We want you to be a part of the conversation about 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.


Launched in 2013, the Art Canada Institute is the only national institution whose mandate is to promote the study of an inclusive multi-vocal Canadian art history to as broad an audience as possible, in both English and French, within Canada and internationally. The ACI works with more than fifty of Canada’s leading art historians, curators, and visual culture experts who are dedicated to the creation of authoritative original content on the people, themes, and topics that have defined Canadian art history.


Before the ACI, accessible and authoritative information on the lives and work of Canadian visual artists was hard to find. We are creating a central digital resource to tell the world about Canada’s most important works of art and where they are located. By functioning as an online art museum, a digital library, and an interactive Canadian art encyclopedia, the ACI is an indispensable resource on Canada’s visual heritage.


Based at Massey College at the University of Toronto, the ACI is a not-for-profit educational organization and a registered Canadian charity.



We are dedicated to making Canadian art history a contemporary multi-vocal conversation. We promote the study of an inclusive Canadian art history to as broad an audience as possible, within Canada and internationally.

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