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Acacia Johnson

Acacia Johnson is a photographer from Alaska, focused on human relationships to the earth’s Polar Regions. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, Acacia now lives in Scandinavia and exhibits her work internationally.

In 2014, Acacia was awarded a Fulbright grant in Canada to pursue a project about Inuit relationships to the winter landscape of Baffin Island, resulting in the series Under The Same Stars. Her work is included in collections including the Anchorage Museum and the Smithsonian Museum of American History, and has been featured in numerous publications, including National Geographic PROOF. She is increasingly interested in using photography to explore anthropological issues in the Arctic and Antarctica.
 
Selected Exhibition

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
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
 

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