February may be the shortest month of the year, but it’s the month packed with the most love and affection. From friendship to love, this month holds special meaning. This month’s Virtual Open Studios is on February 6th, giving you plenty of time to pick up a unique gift for the special people in your

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.