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

Stacking, Dancing

François Sullivan’s
conceptual 1970s

By Annie Gérin

The Extraordinary North

Tom Thomson’s diary of landscape

A Champion of Abstraction

Jock Macdonald sought a new expression in art

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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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You've heard of Dutch flower painting but what about it's Canadian counterpart? The Toronto-based maker of this piece was one of the country's pre-eminent floral artists at the turn of the 20th-century. Learn about her on September 24 in ACI's first season 7 release of the Canadian Online Art Book Project

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Art Book Trailer:

“Paterson Ewen was unmistakably original. His work bridged figurative and abstract, fused painting and sculpture to create a whole new medium, and broadened the definition of Canadian landscape, revitalizing national interest in this art.” John G. Hatch

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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 >

Norval Morrisseau

Spiritual Vision 

Curated by Carmen Robertson


Art of Rapture and Reminiscence

Curated by Andrew Kear

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