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 >

Upcoming Event

Agnes Martin
& Jean Paul

Christopher Régimbal and
Marc Mayer in conversation
with Sara Angel on two icons
of the twentieth century.

Isabel Bader Theatre 7:00 p.m. Monday, November 11, 2019

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The Essay

The Patriotic

Greg Curnoe’s

By Judith Rodger

Norval Morrisseau

Spiritual Vision 

Curated by Carmen Robertson


Art of Rapture and Reminiscence

Curated by Andrew Kear

Canadian Online Art Book Project

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

Visit the ACI Library

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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Did you know the #GroupofSeven actually had 10 members? The last to join was Winnipeg-born #LionelLeMoineFitzGerald—the only member based in western Canada, and the focus of a new exhibition at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection (@mcacgallery). "Into the Light: Lionel LeMoine FitzGerald" opens today.

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Art Book Trailer:

“Homer Watson’s landscapes were biographical manifestos and philosophical statements, an opportunity to explore nature’s inner life, power, and meaning and to probe the delicate relationship of respect that he believed human beings should establish with the natural world. His dedication to safeguarding the environment was exceptional and far-sighted.” Brian Foss

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