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Northland College student in ceramics room throwing a pot.

The Start of Art at Northland

An American Crafts Movement

…a living as artists. While teaching at Northland, Eckels opened an independent pottery studio with his friend Glenn Nelson. The Pot Shop opened in 1960 on the Fish Creek isthmus west of Ashland. Eckels was at the leading edge of a national revival of craft arts and independent pottery studios….

Northland College student Frank Wroblewski

Mapping the Mountains of Venus

Frank Wroblewski '19

…College that he pursued it. In his third semester, he took Glacial Geology with Professor Dave Ullman, who was impressed by Wroblewski’s academic vigor and desire to pursue research. For the class, Ullman asked students to write a National Science Foundation-style proposal on a topic of their choosing. Wroblewski’s proposal…

A shelf of Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award winners

From the Archives: An Award for Nature Writers

…that continues to this day. In 2000, the criteria for the award was expanded beyond its initial focus on the Northwoods, and since that time has been open to national and international submissions that capture the spirit of the human relationship with the natural world and that promote values that…

ASHLAND, WI #blacklivesmatter Protest

Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Faculty Recommended Reading List

…have seen this movement ebb and flow over the past thirty years, with increasing focus solidifying around Black Lives Matter in 2013 with Trayvon Martin’s murder. I am hopeful because the response to George Floyd’s murder is now much more widespread—it is both national and global—and much more multiracial and…

Mary Johnson

The Search for Non-Toxic Materials

Chemistry Prof and Students Publish Results

…accomplish everything without falling behind.” Robertson says to stay tuned for more exciting projects coming out of his lab. *The Northland authors include Christopher R. Langsted, Samuel W. Paulson, John A. Aguirre, Emily J. Saumer, Amelia R. Baclasky, Kyle H. Salmon, Ariah C. Law, Ryan J. Farmer, Casey J. Furchtenicht,…

Biofluorescent platypus (Mammalia)

Platypuses Capture Worldwide Imagination

Northland Researchers Make Another Illuminating Discovery

…Are They Hiding? New York Magazine, The Cut Scientists Find Platypuses Glow Under Black Light National Geographic We Knew Platypuses Were Incredible. Now we know they glow, too. The fur of the platypus glows under a blacklight—a finding that raises questions about its role in these strange mammals. Smithsonian Magazine…

Mary Van Evera Visual Arts Center

Northland College Receives Grant to Build New Ceramics Kiln

Public events welcome the community to learn about the kiln and ceramics studio.

…will be at the new outdoor kiln site behind the Mary Van Evera Visual Arts Center on the Northland College campus. Both events are supported by Northland College and a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts….

Pink squirrel illustration by James O'Brien

Pink Explosion

Armed With a Flashlight and a Sense of Wonder, Researchers Discover Hot-Pink Squirrels

…lead author on the project and now a graduate student in wildlife and fisheries at Texas A&M. First came an article in Nature, one of the top scientific magazines in the world. And then came The New York Times, National Geographic, Newsweek, Smithsonian, and other publications, seventy-plus and counting. And…

Wheeler Hall building on campus

Northland Graduates Class of 2020, Prepares for Future


…instruction in a virtual learning environment. During our most recent May term, fifteen of our faculty colleagues taught or facilitated a nationally recognized pandemic course, which was made available to the broader Ashland community as a shared learning opportunity. Also, this past weekend, we honored our graduating seniors with an…

Northland student Seth Bayliss on campus

Northland Deepens Commitment to Food, Social Justice

In the last year, Seth Bayliss ’20, a sociology and social justice major, has sifted through stacks of invoices, researched thousands of food items, and entered over 11,000 bits of data into a spreadsheet. Bayliss’ deep dive into food purchases was part of the Real Food Standards, a national initiative…