Finding information on Canadian artists can sometimes be a little challenging. But this new resource will help make our great Canadian artists known to the world.
The Art Canada Institute is a non-profit research organization based at Massey College, University of Toronto. Founded in 2012, the ACI is the only national institution whose mandate is to promote the study of an inclusive multi-vocal Canadian art history to as broad an audience as possible, in both English and French, within Canada and internationally. The ACI works with more than 50 of Canada’s leading art historians, curators, and visual culture experts who are dedicated to the creation of authoritative original content on the people, themes, and topics that have defined Canadian art history.
The ACI’s mandate is to make Canadian art history a contemporary conversation for a culturally diverse twenty-first-century audience. This means reconsidering the historical definition of Canadian visual culture to open it to multiple voices. It also means using current means of communication to reach audiences from university students in urban centres to those who may never step inside an art gallery or whose access to printed materials on art is limited. The Art Canada Institute is dedicated to developing authoritative yet accessible resources on Canadian art history that offer peer-reviewed art scholarship to the public, free of charge.
Books will continue to be added. I think I will start with the book on Jack Chambers. I saw an exhibition of his work at the AGO a few years ago. Happy Canadian art reading!