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Dear ACI readers,

With our bricks-and-mortar museums closed, online access to Canada’s art is more important than ever. While the country is self-isolating and spending more time at home to protect each other and those on the front lines, we recognize the need for art-based emotional and educational healing. ACI offers comfort, inspiration, and thought-provoking content—accessible to all, for no charge, in both English and French. We are committed to putting forth our content when the world needs it the most.

We want you to be a part of the conversation on Canadian art history and to enjoy it as much as we do. 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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An Artist Blooms

Mary Hiester Reid’s floral aesthetics

Picture Perfect

William Notman turned pioneering photography into a prosperous business

By Sarah Parsons

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As we continue to stay safe in social isolation, we're thinking about our elders loved ones whom we miss from afar. With less than a month to go before the release of our 42nd title "Annie Pootoogook: Life & Work", we thought of the special relationship between the late Annie Pootoogook and her grandmother and mentor, renowned artist Pitseolak Ashoona.

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“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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Glossary of Canadian Art History

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

Natural Phenomenon

Tom Thomson’s meteoric career

Curated by David P. Silcox

Art of Perception

Jack Chambers’s Inner Vision

Curated by Mark A. Cheetham

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