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    Acacia Johnson

  • Location: Narvik, Norway
    Nationality: USA
    Biography:         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... read on

Under the Same Stars on National Geographic PROOF

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 | News | Awards & Features

I am honored to have my project Under the Same Stars featured today on National Geographic PROOF. After years of work on this series, I am overjoyed to finally have it published by one of the publications I admire most. 

My overwhelming gratitude goes to the countless people who have helped make this happen, but especially to the people of Arctic Bay, for welcoming me into their lives and making the project possible in the first place. 

'Polaris' opening in Gothenburg, Sweden

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 | News

On April 22nd, a solo exhibition of my series Polaris will open at Galleri Elf in Gothenburg, Sweden. Photographed in Iceland and the Alaskan Arctic, the images explore otherworldly occurrences in the landscapes of the Far North. 

All in the area are invited to the opening from 11:00 - 16:00 on April 22nd. The show will be on view until June 3rd. 

Up Here: The North at the Center of the World

Friday, January 13, 2017 | News

I am honored to have photographs from Origins and Under the Same Stars featured in the book Up Here: The North at the Center of the World. Created by Julie Decker, director of the Anchorage Museum in Anchorage, Alaska, the book includes beautiful photography and writing by a host of international artists, writers and thinkers working with Northern themes. Published by the University of Washington Press. 

POLARIS Exhibition Opening in Norway

Thursday, April 21, 2016 | News | Exhibitions

This Saturday, April 23rd, I will be opening my exhibition POLARIS at Galleri My in Narvik, Norway. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to finally share my work with a community that has supported me endlessly in my development as a photographer. 

The show will be on view from April 23rd - May 3rd, with an opening on April 23rd at 12 noon. All are welcome!

Antarctic Instagram Feature

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 | News | Awards & Features

After 3 months in Antarctica, I am finally back in civilization and thrilled to have some of my Antarctic shots recently featured on Instagram's blog! First satellite phone interview I've ever had, probably not the last - a huge thanks to Instagram's journalist for her patience and understanding. You can check out my #livefromantarctica posts at @acacia.johnson! 

Live from Antarctica

Monday, January 4, 2016 | News

Hi everyone, and greetings from Antarctica! I am excited to announce that during my 3 months sailing the Southern seas this winter, I will be posting live from Antarctica on my Instagram, sharing views of daily life in Antarctica and its wild, raw wilderness. Follow the journey! @acacia.johnson #livefromantarctica

Antarctica 2015/2016

Saturday, December 19, 2015 | News

I'm excited to announce that I will be spending the next 3 months in Antarctica, working as an expedition guide and photo lecturer. I'm looking forward to expanding my polar horizons to now include both poles, and - of course - will be bringing a few cameras with me. 

I will be away from regular email and phone access until March 24th, 2016, when I will burst back into action with some exciting new projects, updates and exhibitions. Until then, thanks for an incredible year, and warmest wishes for the holiday season!

Popular Photography on Campus Feature

Saturday, December 12, 2015 | News

I'm delighted to announce that there is a wonderful writeup about my work in this month's edition of Popular Photography on Campus. You can find it either in print or available for PDF download here

'Under the Same Stars' in the Washington Diplomat

Wednesday, December 9, 2015 | News

As 'Under the Same Stars' remains on display at the Canadian Embassy in Washington DC, the Washington Diplomat has chosen to feature it in their December issue. You can read the article here. Thanks to Karin Sun for such a thorough and thoughtful interview!

Return to Alaska

Monday, November 16, 2015 | News

For the next three weeks or so I will be in the Anchorage, Alaska area, working on new projects and preparing for the winter's adventures. If by any chance you are also in the area, please drop a line - I would love to expand my network of colleagues here in my hometown. 

Exhibition Opening this Thursday in DC

Tuesday, November 10, 2015 | News

If you're in the Washington DC area this Thursday, November 12th, you're invited to the Embassy of Canada Art Gallery for the opening event for Under the Same Stars, an exhibition of photographs from my Fulbright project in the Canadian Arctic, curated by National Geographic photo editor Kim Hubbard.

The event is also a celebration of Fulbright Canada's 25-year anniversary, and will begin at 6 pm with a discussion about the project between myself and Katherine Baird, Minister of the Washington Secretariat. After that, pure celebration and viewing will ensue, until 8 pm.

For tickets and more information, click here. Hope to see you there!

Artist Talk at FotoWeekDC

Monday, November 2, 2015 | News

I am excited to be participating in FotoWeekDC with my current exhibition at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, DC. On Saturday, November 14th, I will be presenting a talk about my work as a part of the Logan FotoTalk series, starting at 5pm. Among other things, I will be sharing stories and images from my recent Fulbright projecct in the Canadian Arctic.  Click here for more information - hope to see you there! 

Villa Lofoten Artist Residency

Sunday, October 18, 2015 | News

I am excited to announce my current participation in the first-ever Villa Lofoten Artist Residency program in the Lofoten Islands of Northern Norway. I will be here for a total of about a month, starting a new project and catching up on old ones. Drop a line if you're in the area (you never know) and want to meet up! In the meantime you can follow the journey on Instagram at @acacia.johnson and, for a time, at @visura.co

Visura Instagram Takeover!

Monday, October 12, 2015 | News

Hello everyone! For the next two weeks I will be taking over Visura's Instagram account at @Visura.co. I will be posting live from my artist residency in Northern Norway as well as sharing images of life around the international Circumpolar North. Check it out!

Under the Same Stars on view in DC

Thursday, October 8, 2015 | News

I am delighted to announce that a selection from my project Under The Same Stars is now on exhibit at the Embassy of Canada Art Gallery in Washington, DC. Curated by Kim Hubbard, senior photo editor at National Geographic, this show will focuses on the realities of winter life on Baffin Island in the Canadian Arctic. 

The exhibition will be open to the public from 9 AM - 5 PM, Mon-Fri from September 16th through January 31st. The address is 501 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC. 

There will also be an opening event on Thursday, November 12th at 5:30 PM, to celebrate the exhibition and the 25th anniversary of Fulbright Canada. The event will be open to the public and I will be giving a short talk about the making of the work. Hope to see you there!

"Going North" Opens Friday in Toronto

Wednesday, September 9, 2015 | Exhibitions

All are welcome this Friday night to the opening of Going North: Stories from Canada's Arctic, a group exhibition with Patrice Carmichael and Callan Field at Gallery 44 in Toronto. There are many exhibitions opening at the gallery that night, but you can find ours in the downstairs Production Gallery.

The opening party is this Friday, September 11th, from 6-8pm, at 401 Richmond, but the show will stay open until December 19th and is open to the public. Hope to see you there!

Canadian Embassy Exhibit curated by Kim Hubbard

Sunday, August 2, 2015 | News

I am delighted to announce that a selection from my project Under The Same Stars will be on exhibit this fall at the Embassy of Canada in Washington, DC. Curated by Kim Hubbard, senior photo editor at National Geographic, this show will focuses on the realities of winter life on Baffin Island in the Canadian Arctic. 

The exhibition will be open to the public from 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM, Mon-Fri from September 15th through January 29th. The address is 501 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC. I'd like to invite you to stop by and take a look if you're in the area! 

Northern Norway & Svalbard

Monday, June 8, 2015 | News

Hi everyone - I have now relocated from Canada to northern Norway & Svalbard, where I will be working and photographing for the next couple months. Please feel free to drop a line if you're in the area. As always I look forward to sharing new photos and work! 

Under the Same Stars on Nunatsiaq News

Saturday, April 25, 2015 | News

Check out this article on Nunatsiaq News about the opening of my recent exhibition, Under The Same Stars! It always means a lot when journalists are willing to take the time to ask meaningful questions, and this interview has been among my favorites so far. Take a look! 

Guest Blogging for Der Greif Fotomagazin

Friday, April 3, 2015 | News

This week I am guest blogging for Der Greif, a German photography and literature magazine, sharing some thoughts on process and the work of several artists whose work influences me. Yesterday I shared the challenges behind the making of my 'Polaris' series, and in a few days I will talk a bit more about my upcoming work from Baffin Island. You can follow either @whereisacacia or @dergreifmagazin on Twitter to stay tuned, or click here to see all my posts.

UNDER THE SAME STARS opens April 22nd in Ottawa

Thursday, March 12, 2015 | News

Through the generous support of a Fulbright-RBC Eco-Leadership Award, the debut exhibition of my work in the Canadian Arctic, UNDER THE SAME STARS, will be on display from April 22nd-24th in the Constitution Square lobby in downtown Ottawa, Canada. 

Photographed during a four-month residence on the north shore of Baffin Island, UNDER THE SAME STARS reflects on the notion of interconnectedness and on the solid roots that the Arctic communities have with the land and sea, both by retaining traditional and local knowledge and by exploring modern influences. This community-focused perspective provides an intimate glimpse into the realities of living in the Canadian Arctic, highlighting the shared experiences that unite circumpolar peoples across the globe. 

Click here for more information on Fulbright Canada's website! Hope to see you there, and look forward to eventually sharing the work on my website as well. 

Under The Same Stars: Guest Post on Fulbright Canada's Blog

Thursday, February 26, 2015 | News

In preparation for the April opening of Under The Same Stars, the debut exhibition of my work in the Canadian Arctic, Fulbright Canada has allowed me to post about my Arctic winter experience on their blog. You can read the article here! Looking forward to unveiling more details about the exhibition as time progresses. 

Images from 'Polaris' and 'Origins' now on view in Denver

Thursday, February 26, 2015 | News

A selection of images from Polaris and Origins are now on view at the Space Gallery in Denver, Colorado, through March 22nd. This exhibition, GRAYS, curated by Picture Society founder Sarah LaVigne, also includes works by Anne Marie Musselman, Mandy Barker and Michael Lewis. 

'GRAYS' Exhibition Opens in Denver on February 12th

Monday, February 9, 2015 | News

I'm excited and honored to announce that images from both Polaris and Origins will be featured in the exhibition 'GRAYS', opening at the Space Gallery in Denver, Colorado on February 12th. Curated by Sarah LaVigne, founder of the Picture Society, the show also features Anne Marie Musselman, Mandy Barker, and Michael Lewis. It will be on view from February 12th through March 22nd, with an opening on February 12th from 6-9PM. Check it out if you're in the area! 

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