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

the Culture

General Idea’s art
foregrounded the fight
for LGBT rights

By Sarah E.K. Smith

Stone Sadness

Hunched or standing, Inuk artist Oviloo Tunnillie’s sculptures feature figures shaped by loss

By Darlene Coward Wight

Cinematic Turn 

Movies gave Joyce Wieland’s art a new direction

By Johanne Sloan 

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The Canadian Art Library

After viewing ACI books online, you’ll soon be able to hold the print-edition versions in your hands.

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Though self-taught, rural painter Homer Watson (1855-1936) is praised for being the first artist to create distinctly Canadian landscape paintings. Browse his masterpieces in this online exhibition curated by author Brian Foss: https://bit.ly/2JSBIYm

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Art Book Trailer:

“Paterson Ewen was unmistakably original. His work bridged figurative and abstract, fused painting and sculpture to create a whole new medium, and broadened the definition of Canadian landscape, revitalizing national interest in this art.” John G. Hatch

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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 >


Art of Rapture and Reminiscence

Curated by Andrew Kear

Harold Town

Art of Evolution

Curated by Gerta Moray

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