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Dear ACI readers,

With our bricks-and-mortar museums only able to offer limited visiting opportunities at present, online access to Canadian art is more important than ever. While we all continue to spend 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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A Spanish Education

Time abroad laid the foundations of Jack Chambers’s regionalism

By Mark A. Cheetham

Naked Conviction

The censorship of Bertram Brooker

By James King

Black Art Matters

Fifteen Canadian Artists to Know 

Paul-Émile Borduas

Abstract Revolution

Curated by François-Marc Gagnon

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You won’t want to miss this: We’re excited to share news of an incredible exhibition opening on September 24 in at the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies in Banff. Titled “Breathe”, the exhibition runs until January 17, 2021, and features a collection of masks crafted using techniques traditional to Canada’s Indigenous communities.

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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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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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