Acacia Johnson is an artist and photographer from Alaska. Drawn to painterly light and otherworldly landscapes, her work has focused on the environment, conservation, and the connections between people and place. After receiving a Fulbright grant to Arctic Canada in 2014, she has made over fifty expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctica as a photographer and a guide—an effort to inspire wonder and compassion for these remote regions during a time of rapid change.
 
Her photographs have been exhibited internationally and are housed in collections at the Anchorage Museum and the Smithsonian Museum of American History. Her work has appeared in National Geographic, The New York Times, TIME, and The Guardian, among others. In 2020, she was featured on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list for Art and Style, and in 2021 received the Canon Female Photojournalist Grant. She is the 2022 recipient of the ICP Infinity Awards for Documentary Practices and Photojournalism.  



AWARDS & RECOGNITION

ICP Infinity Awards

Documentary Practices & Photojournalism
2022

Canon Female Photojournalist Grant
2021

Forbes 30 Under 30
Art & Style
2020

Fulbright Canada-RBC Eco-Leadership Award
2015

Fulbright Grant
Canada
2014-15



EDUCATION

MFA, Creative Writing
University of Virginia

BFA, Photography
Rhode Island School of Design



SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2020

Existence on the Periphery
Kenan Institute of Ethics, Duke University, NC, USA

Arctic: Culture and Climate
British Museum, London, UK

Tokyo International Photography Competition – 7th Edition
New York, NY; London, UK; Tokyo, Japan; Dublin, Ireland; Taipei, Taiwan


2018

Art Busan International Art Fair
Busan, Korea

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


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

 
COLLECTIONS

Gallery SYNTHESIS, Sofia, Bulgaria
Anchorage Museum, Anchorage, AK
Embassy of Canada, Washington, DC
Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art, Providence, RI
Smithsonian Museum of American History, Washington, DC

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Acacia Johnson | Photographer

Acacia Johnson is a documentary photographer from Alaska, focused on human relationships to the natural world.
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