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Dear ACI readers,

With our bricks-and-mortar museums only able to offer limited visiting opportunities at present, online access to Canadian art is more important than ever. While we all continue to spend 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

Visit our library to read or download our Online Art Books. Learn More >

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Paraskeva Clark

A Russian Émigré’s Eye on Canada

Curated by Christine Boyanoski

Natural Phenomenon

Tom Thomson’s meteoric career

Curated by David P. Silcox

Decolonizing History Painting

An excerpt from the ACI’s book

“Revision and Resistance”

By Ruth B. Phillips and Mark Salber Phillips

Altruism or Availability?

Why did Prudence Heward paint a series of black women?

By Julia Skelly

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One of the most important Impressionist artists in Canada, Helen McNicoll (1879–1915) achieved a high level of international success in a career that lasted just over a decade.

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Gershon Iskowitz:

Polish-born Gershon Iskowitz (1920 or 1921–1988) survived the Holocaust by creating drawings as a means of psychological resilience. At age 28 he arrived in Toronto and in the decades to come made a name for himself as a leading abstract painter. Here, the artist reveals to us his journey and his artworks in his own words.

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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 >

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