Ben Blount (b. 1972, lives and works in Evanston, IL, United States)
Ben Blount is a Detroit born graphic designer and letterpress printer best known for work that explores race, identity and the stories we tell ourselves about living in America. A believer in the power of the printed word, Ben uses wood and metal type to create books and prints that have an impact beyond the printed page. He has enjoyed traveling the country, and lately the internet, sharing his passion for letterpress and books with students. He has taught books art at institutions around the country including The Cleveland Institute of Art, Colorado College, and Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum. Ben learned a lot about design at Washington University in St. Louis, a lot about printing at Columbia College Chicago, and filled in the gaps with mentors and lots of practice. He currently prints at MAKE, his storefront studio in Evanston, IL.
Images courtesy of the artist.