The Canadian Art Database

Centre for Contemporary Canadian Art


The CCCA Canadian Art Database Project was established in 1997 by Bill Kirby, Founder and Director of the Centre for Contemporary Canadian Art.

Since 2013, it has been permanently housed at Concordia University in Montreal, under the auspices of the Gail and Stephen A. Jarislowsky Institute for Studies in Canadian Art, a Research Centre within the Faculty of Fine Arts.

The underlying objective of the CCCA Canadian Art Database has been to broaden public awareness of contemporary Canadian Art in Canada and abroad by documenting the careers of some of Canada's leading professional artists, designers, art writers and curators, as well as some important Canadian art institutions and organizations that have helped shape the Canadian art scene since the 1960s.


The CCCA Canadian Art Database is an important resource for the study and promotion of Canadian art and artists, and the Jarislowsky Institute had been planning to give the Project a long overdue upgrade.

Unfortunately, we discovered that the age and extensive customization of the original database software, along with the need to find a replacement for Adobe Flash Player, which is no longer supported, had made the envisioned upgrade impractical.

The Jarislowsky Institute will continue to make the Website available to the public in its present form and, as we pursue alternative solutions, we hope you will continue to enjoy and make use of the extensive content housed in the CCCA Canadian Art Database.

Gail and Stephen A. Jarislowsky Institute for Studies in Canadian Art: Databases



The CCCA Canadian Art Database Project

The Centre for Contemporary Canadian Art

The Gail and Stephen A. Jarislowsky Institute for
   Studies in Canadian Art

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Alphabetical List of Artists
Artists Lists by Residence

Artists by Category / Medium
Category / Medium Lists

Media and Interdisciplinary Artists
Film and Video
Audio and Sound
Art and Technology
The Circuit 4 Digital Culture Project

Inuit Artists
First Nation Artists

Artists Video Portraits

Alphabetical List of Designers

Designers Preview
Designers Video portraits

Alphabetical List of Writers

Canadian Art Periodicals

Alphabetical list of Curators

TRAFFIC | Conceptual Art in Canada 1965-1980
Tony Urquhart Virtual Exhibiton, 2007
Nature in the Garage, Toronto, 2006


Art Dealers
The Isaacs Gallery, Toronto (1956-1992)
The Dorothy Cameron Gallery, Toronto (1959-1974)

Artist Groups and Art Organizations
The Winnipeg Effect: 1967-2017
ChromaZone / Chromatique, Toronto (1981-1986)
Collective City (Toronto Collectives: 1985-2012)
Fado Performance Inc., Toronto (2002-2009)
7a*11d Performance, Toronto (1997-2004)
The Royal Canadian Academy of Arts
The Ontario Society of Artists (1873-2002)

Archives and Collections
The Donovan Collection, University of Toronto
The OneZeroZero Virtual Library
Vancouver: Art and Artists 1931-1983

Documented Events
TRAFFIC | Conceptual Art in Canada 1965-1980
Scotiabank Nuit Blanche Toronto (2006 - 2015)
Art School - Dismissed, Toronto, 2010

Envisioning Exhibitions (2012)
Global Engagements in Contemporary Canadian Art (2013)
Rethinking Visual Narration (2016)

Simple Keyword Search [artists and works]
Examples of Work by Subject and Category

Advanced Database Searches
Advanced Search by Field [artists and works]
Advanced Bibliography Search
Advanced Chronology Search
The Ontario Society of Artists Catalogue Search

Text Searches
Advanced Text Search
Curriculum Vitae Search
Artist Statement Search