Acacia Johnson is a photographer, artist, and writer from Alaska, focused on human relationships to wilderness. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, Acacia received a Fulbright grant to Canada in 2014, to overwinter in an Inuit community on Baffin Island. Since then, she has been increasingly interested in anthropological themes in the Arctic and Antarctica. Her work is housed in collections including the Anchorage Museum and the Smithsonian Museum of American History, and has been featured by numerous publications, including National Geographic and TIME.
Acacia also works as a seasonal expedition guide and lecturer in Greenland, Svalbard, the Canadian Arctic and Antarctica, where she lectures on photography, Arctic indigenous culture, and visual representations of the Polar Regions. She has made over 55 expeditions to the Polar Regions for work and personal projects and is currently pursuing her MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Virginia.
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EDUCATION 2019-2021 MFA in Creative Writing, Fiction University of Virginia 2015 Fulbright Scholar Ontario College of Art & Design University, Toronto, Canada 2014 BFA with Honors in Photography, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI 2010 Franklin College Switzerland, Lugano, Switzerland (International Communications) PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE 2014 - Present Polar Guide & Lecturer Quark Expeditions 2013-2014 Founder & Editor Onward Forward 2013-2014 Contributing Curator & Photo Editor FotoVisura Inc 2013 Teaching Assistant, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI 2013 Program Intern Maine Media Workshops, Rockport, ME 2011-13 Writing Tutor Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI 2011-13 Darkroom Assistant Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI 2008-09 Photojournalist Fremover AS, Narvik, Norway AWARDS 2015 Fulbright Canada-RBC Eco-Leadership Award 2014-15 Fulbright U.S. Student Award to Canada 2014 Student Scholarship Award Society for Photographic Education National Conference 2013 TC Colley Scholarship Award Rhode Island School of Design Photography Department EXHIBITIONS 2017 Polaris (solo) Gallery SYNTHESIS, Sofia, Bulgaria
Polaris (solo) Galleri Elf, Gothenburg, Sweden 2016 Portraits of Place: The Arctic in Photographs Anchorage Museum, Anchorage, Alaska
Cibo dell'Artico (Arctic Food) Fermo, Italy
Polaris (solo) Galleri My, Narvik, Norway 2015 Under the Same Stars (solo) Embassy of Canada Art Gallery, Washington DC Going North: Stories from Canada's Arctic Gallery 44 Production Gallery, Toronto, Canada GRAYS Space Gallery, Denver, CO Tomorrow Has Passed One Eyed Jack's Gallery, Brighton, UK Under The Same Stars (solo) Constitution Square, Ottawa, Canada 2014 Cabin Fever The Anchorage Museum, Anchorage, Alaska Breaking Ground College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA State of the Art 2014 Chase Young Gallery, Boston, MA New Contemporaries Gelman Gallery, RISD Museum, Providence, RI Senior Invitational Exhibition Woods-Gerry Gallery, Providence, RI Photography/Jewelry & Metalsmithing Senior Show Woods-Gerry Gallery, Providence, RI FotoVisura Spotlight Exhibition Brisbane Powerhouse Gallery, Brisbane, Australia Flash Forward Festival: Undergraduate Photography Now Harrison Gallery, Boston, MA Origins, senior exhibition with Rachel Jump Red Eye Gallery, Providence, RI Der Greif "A Process" Exhibition Neue Galerie im Höhmannhaus, Augsburg, Germany 2013 Alaska Photographic Center Member's Show Carr-Gottstein Gallery, Anchorage, Alaska Rarefied Light Exhibition International Gallery of Contemporary Art Anchorage, AK (Juried by Sean Kernan) The Cream of the Crop, the Cherry on Top group exhibition RISD Exposé Gallery, Providence, RI At Home In The Universe group exhibition Red Eye Gallery, Providence, RI 2012 Rarefied Light Exhibition Anchorage Museum of History & Art Anchorage, AK (Juried by Cig Harvey) New York Photo Awards powerHouse Arena, Brooklyn, NY First Place Award RISD Exposé Fall Exhibition RISD Exposé Gallery, Providence, RI 2011 InVision ArtsQuest College Photography Exhibition Banana Factory, Bethlehem, PA RISD Photography Triennial Exhibition Woods Gerry Gallery, Providence, RI 2010 Rarefied Light Exhibition Anchorage Museum of History & Art, Anchorage, AK (Juried by Keith Carter) Self Portraits Project traveling group exhibition to Alaska, Spain, Argentina, Brazil, Quebec, and Sweden Organized by Alicia Candiani, Buenos Aires, Argentina COLLECTIONS 2017 Gallery SYNTHESIS, Sofia, Bulgaria 2016 Anchorage Museum, Anchorage, AK Embassy of Canada, Washington, DC 2014 Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art, Providence, RI 2012 Smithsonian Museum of American History, Washington, DC RESIDENCIES 2015 Artscape Gibraltar Point, Toronto Island, Ontario, Canada Villa Lofoten, Kvalnes, Norway 2014 Artscape Gibraltar Point, Toronto Island, Ontario, Canada SELECTED FEATURES National Geographic, 2018 National Geographic, 2018 National Geographic PROOF, Feature, 2017 Bulgarian National Television, Interview, 2017 Anchorage Press, Article, 2016 Anchorage Museum, Article, 2016
Examiner, Review, 2015 Nunatsiaq Online, Article/Interview, 2015 Juxtapoz, Feature, July 2nd, 2014 Conscientious Photography Magazine, Feature, June 2nd, 2014 LensCulture, Feature, May 3rd, 2014 FotoVisura Spotlight Grant, Honorable Mention, April 2014 Aint-Bad Magazine, Feature, February 2nd, 2014 PRINT FEATURES "North: Finding Place in Alaska," University of Washington Press, 2017 "Up Here: The North at the Center of the World," University of Washington Press, 2016 "Hues of the Arctic," Anchorage Press, 2016 "Harsh Austerity, Universal Warmth Shine in Under the Same Stars", Washington Diplomat, 2015 "North Star," Popular Photography on Campus, 2015 Aint-Bad Magazine, "From Here On," 2015 EnRoute Magazine, October 2014 Der Greif "A Process", 2014 NYPH Journal, January 2014