Are you a Canadian arts or museum professional, curator, academic writer, or scholar interested in contributing to ACI’s robust digital library? The Canadian Online Art Book Project is a growing online library of original books written by the country’s leading art experts on artists who have made a critical contribution to the evolution of the nation’s art history. ACI welcomes proposals, but before you submit, please read our guidelines carefully.

At ACI-IAC, we are committed to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusivity in all aspects of our programming, staffing, and governance. We celebrate and support Canadian artists of all backgrounds, inclusive of all BIPOC and LGBTQ2S+ communities. We especially welcome proposals from writers who are Indigenous people, racialized people, people with disabilities, people from gender and sexually diverse communities, and people with intersectional identities.




Prior to submitting your proposal, please review the following guidelines. All proposals are expected to include the following elements:


1/ Expression of Interest: Please include a 250-word statement that explains why the proposed artist or subject should be included in the Canadian Online Art Book Project.


2/ Summary: All ACI books are broken into four core sections: Biography; Key Works; Significance & Critical Issues; and Style & Technique. Please summarize each section (maximum 125 words each) and include examples of subject headings and relevant Key Works to be addressed (identify at least six).


3/ Literature Review: Please provide a one-page annotated bibliography with a brief summary (125 words) about the important publications on the proposed subject to date. Who has most recently covered the subject and how extensive is existent scholarship? Please include relevant archival locations and fonds.


4/ Explanation of Author’s qualifications: Please describe your qualifications to write on the proposed artist or subject (maximum 100 words).


5/ CV and References: Please include an author CV.


If you have any other questions about proposals or the submission process, please contact Dr. Victoria Nolte, Commissioning Editor, at We thank you for your interest in submitting a manuscript proposal to the Art Canada Institute.


Please note that all ACI content – including but not limited to proposals, outlines, drafts, and pre-publication materials for books, online exhibitions, teacher resource guides, essays, and research materials – is peer reviewed. Materials may be subject to additional review by ACI’s advisory boards and committees, including but not limited to: subject-expert reviews, sensitivity reviews, legal reviews, cultural consultation reviews, and editorial and stylistic reviews.

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