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


William Notman turned
pioneering photography into
a prosperous business

By Sarah Parsons


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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The art of balance. One of Winnipeg painter Lionel LeMoine FitzGerald’s greatest achievements was his ability to balance both realism and abstraction in his work. ACI author Michael Parke-Taylor examines this in FitzGerald’s “The Little Plant” (1947): https://bit.ly/2QAbHfj

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Art Book Trailer:

Jock Macdonald. Life & Work

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Online Exhibition

Yves Gaucher: Montreal Abstraction Finds an Edge Curated by Roald Nasgaard
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