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 >


The Essay

Kent Monkman’s

An excerpt from
the ACI’s forthcoming book
“Revision & Resistance: mistikôsiwak at The
Metropolitan Museum of Art”

By Jami C. Powell

William Notman

Photographic Inventions

Curated by Sarah Parsons

Double Vision

The Twin Talents of Oscar Cahén

Curated by Jaleen Grove

Now Available

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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Norval Morrisseau’s 1962 exhibition changed Canadian art

By Carmen Robertson

Tragedy to Triumph

How widowhood began Pitseolak Ashoona’s career

By Christine Lalonde

Glossary of Canadian Art History

A comprehensive dictionary of art movements, styles, and persons who have shaped the Canadian scene. Learn More >

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A big shout-out to ACI author Dr. #LauraBrandon (who has a forthcoming title on Canadian War Art) on her touring exhibition "Illuminations" on view now @craftontario. Produced by the #MetalCollective, Brandon's exhibition brings together a collection of contemporary silver candleholders, made with heritage silver by Canadian artists.

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“McNicoll maintained a strong attachment to the fundamental principles of ‘pure’ Impressionism and pushed the style further than any other Canadian artist.” - Samantha Burton

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