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


Tom Thomson’s
diary of landscape

By David P. Silcox

Defiant Spirit

Quebecois artist Ozias Leduc drew on Europe but created a Canadian ideal

Cinematic Turn 

Movies gave Joyce Wieland’s art a new direction

By Johanne Sloan 

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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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Folk tales transcend time. A prominent Nunavik legend tells the story of a woman who jumps off a cliff and transforms into a narwhal. Artist Pitseolak Ashoona depicts this tale as an autobiographical moment. ACI author Christine Lalonde explains how: https://bit.ly/2YnHh4z

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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 >

Paul-Émile Borduas

Abstract Revolution

Curated by François-Marc Gagnon

Prudence Heward

Modern Women

Curated by Julia Skelly

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