Acacia Johnson is a photographer and artist from Alaska. Her photographic process can be described as expeditionary in nature, exploring human relationships to the polar regions of the earth.

A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, Acacia now lives in Norway and exhibits her work internationally. Her photographs are included in collections at the Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Smithsonian Museum of American History, and the Canadian Embassy in Washington DC.  

In 2014, Acacia was awarded a Fulbright grant in Canada to pursue a project about the winter landscape of Baffin Island in affiliation with the Ontario College of Art and Design University, resulting in the series Under The Same Stars. The experience of overwintering in an Inuit community was life-changing, sparking a new passion for learning and lecturing about indigenous Arctic culture. She is increasingly interested in using photography to explore anthropological issues in the specific contexts of the Arctic and the Antarctic. 

Acacia now works as a seasonal expedition guide and lecturer in Greenland, Svalbard, the Canadian Arctic and Antarctica, where she lectures on photography, Inuit culture, and visual representations of the polar regions. When not at sea, she spends most of her time in Norway, working on her photographs and her first novel. 

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Fulbright Scholar
Ontario College of Art & Design University, Toronto, Canada

BFA with Honors in Photography, 
Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI 

Franklin College Switzerland, 
Lugano, Switzerland (International Communications)



2014 - Present       
Polar Guide & Lecturer
Quark Expeditions

Founder & Editor
Onward Forward

Contributing Curator & Photo Editor
FotoVisura Inc

Teaching Assistant, 
Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

Program Intern
Maine Media Workshops, Rockport, ME

Writing Tutor
Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

Darkroom Assistant
Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

Fremover AS, Narvik, Norway 


Fulbright Canada-RBC Eco-Leadership Award

Fulbright U.S. Student Award to Canada 

Student Scholarship Award
Society for Photographic Education National Conference

TC Colley Scholarship Award
Rhode Island School of Design Photography Department




Portraits of Place: The Arctic in Photographs
Anchorage Museum, Anchorage, Alaska

Cibo dell'Artico (Arctic Food)
Fermo, Italy

Polaris (solo)
Galleri My, Narvik, Norway


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

Space Gallery, Denver, CO

Tomorrow Has Passed
One Eyed Jack's Gallery, Brighton, UK

Under The Same Stars (solo)
Constitution Square, Ottawa, Canada

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

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

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         

InVision ArtsQuest College Photography Exhibition
Banana Factory, Bethlehem, PA

RISD Photography Triennial Exhibition
Woods Gerry Gallery, Providence, RI

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



Embassy of Canada, Washington, DC

Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art, Providence, RI

Smithsonian Museum of American History, Washington, DC



Artscape Gibraltar Point, Toronto Island, Ontario, Canada

Villa Lofoten, Kvalnes, Norway

Artscape Gibraltar Point, Toronto Island, Ontario, Canada



Anchorage Press, Article, 2016

Anchorage Museum, Article, 2016

Instagram, Antarctic Feature, 2016

Washington Diplomat, Interview, 2015

Washington City Paper, Review, 2015

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



"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

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