Ingrid Hess is an assistant professor of graphic design at UMass Lowell. She is also a children’s book writer and illustrator. In this conversation, she talks about the community at Western Avenue, her teaching philosophy, and her artistic process.
A lover of history and old crusty books, Todd became interested in how books work during the many hours he spent among the stacks while pursuing his undergraduate degree in history at the University of Massachusetts Boston.
Western Avenue artist Michael Gruber enjoys distorting architectural compositions. This father of two received his architectural degree from Iowa State. Born and raised in Lowell, he enjoys painting local scenes and iconic buildings that evoke nostalgia.
Western Avenue artist Debra Bretton Robinson graduated from Mass College of Art with a degree in Painting and Art Education in 1991. Deb began painting at the age of four, and to this day she can clearly remember the moment she learned what an easel was in nursery school. Having the opportunity to paint standing up using an easel was a formative moment for this Plaistow, NH native.