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

Kent Monkman: 
The Making of a

Canada’s most celebrated
artist talks about his
groundbreaking diptych

Koerner Hall 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, 2020

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Canadian Online Art Book Project

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

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The Essay

History Painting

An excerpt from the ACI’s forthcoming book

“Revision and Resistance: mistikôsiwak
(Wooden Boat People)”

By Ruth B. Phillips and Mark Salber Phillips

Algonquin Influence 

How an Ontario canoe trip led Tom Thomson to redefine Canadian landscape painting

By David P. Silcox

Stone Sadness

Hunched or standing, Inuk artist Oviloo Tunnillie’s sculptures feature figures shaped by loss

By Darlene Coward Wight

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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Constant Evolution

The Work of Françoise Sullivan

Curated by Annie Gérin

Art of Perception

Jack Chambers’s Inner Vision

Curated by Mark A. Cheetham

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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#TomThomson's career lasted four short years, yet he created over 400 paintings during that time. How? Most of these works were not large canvases but rather small sketches painted on just about anything: wood panels, canvas board, plywood, and even cigar-box lids. [...]

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Art Book Trailer:

Provocative, controversial, and visionary, General Idea (1969–1994) created a platform for social change through the group’s inventive performances, installations, paintings, sculptures, and photography—and its legendary AIDS campaign.

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