Artist Ben Blount’s Visit: Printing in the Present Tense

SLIS Assistant Professor Sarah Bryant and Associate Professor Miriam Sweeney hosted celebrated book artist Ben Blount over Zoom for a well-attended lecture, “Printing in the Present Tense,” on Friday, March 5. Blount is a Detroit born artist, designer and letterpress printer who loves books, type, and putting ink on paper. His work often explores questions of race and identity and the stories we tell ourselves about living in America. Ben is a believer in the power of the printed word and shares his passion for print and design speaking to students and educators around the country and as a board member of Artists Book House and Fine Press Book Association. His artists books and prints are included in prominent collections including The Newberry Library and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Ben currently prints out of MAKE, his storefront studio in Evanston, IL. Learn more about Blount at his website.