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With our bricks-and-mortar museums closed, online access to Canada’s art is more important than ever. While the country is self-isolating and spending more time at home to protect each other and those on the front lines, we recognize the need for art-based emotional and educational healing. ACI offers comfort, inspiration, and thought-provoking content—accessible to all, for no charge, in both English and French. We are committed to putting forth our content when the world needs it the most.

We want you to be a part of the conversation on Canadian art history and to enjoy it as much as we do. 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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Norval Morrisseau’s 1962 exhibition changed Canadian art

By Carmen Robertson

Sensing the Miraculous

London artist Jack Chambers made the everyday profound
By Mark A. Cheetham

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Today marks the birthday of intrepid Scarborough-born and based artist Doris McCarthy, whose career spanned over 80 years. Seeking to connect with the Canadian landscapes she loved, McCarthy trekked to remote areas of Northern Ontario, the Prairies, the Arctic, and the Maritimes to paint from nature.

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Art Book Trailer:

“Even as Colville concentrated on creating images drawn from his specific surroundings and experience, he was able to evoke a universal language of myth and metaphor that reverberates throughout our culture.” Ray Cronin

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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 >

Harold Town

Art of Evolution

Curated by Gerta Moray

William Notman

Photographic Inventions

Curated by Sarah Parsons

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