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

Quebec City

Jean Paul Lemieux
never grew tired of making
a muse of his hometown 

By Michèle Grandbois

Shared History

The Drawings of Pitseolak Ashoona

Curated by Christine Lalonde

Robert Houle

Making Art to Decolonize History

Curated by Shirley Madill

Glossary of Canadian Art History

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

From Taos to New York

Agnes Martin and the currents of American Art

An Artist Blooms

Mary Hiester Reid’s floral aesthetics

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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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Here's Dr. Michelle Gewurtz, author of "#MollyLambBobak: Life and Work" with her brand new print edition! As @ottawaartgallery Senior Curator, Dr. Gewurtz organized the exhibition "Molly Lamb Bobak: A Woman of the Crowd," after researching and writing for the ACI book. The show highlights Bobak’s interest in and talent for capturing crowds, dating back to her time serving in the Canadian Women’s Army Corps. AND: many of the works on view appear as reproductions in the ACI book.

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Is This Art Canadian?

Chief curator of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection Sarah Milroy discusses how Emily Carr was one of the first artists of national significance to emerge from the West Coast.

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