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

An Artist

Mary Hiester Reid’s
floral aesthetics

By Andrea Terry

Alex Colville

An Everyday Order

Curated by Ray Cronin

Paraskeva Clark

A Russian Émigré’s Eye on Canada

Curated by Christine Boyanoski

Canadian Online Art Book Project

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The Extraordinary North

Tom Thomson’s diary of landscape

A Champion of Abstraction

Jock Macdonald sought a new expression in art

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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Happy birthday to Kwakwaka?wakw artist #EllenNeel (1916–1966) known as the first woman to carve totem poles professionally.

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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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