Baltimore Print Studios
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Baltimore Print Studios

The husband and wife team behind Baltimore Print Studios, Kyle Van Horn and Kim Bentley, bonded over their mutual love of printmaking and the belief that printing presses should be accessible to all. Holding combined degrees in illustration, painting, and design, both work at Baltimore’s Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and wanted a way to offer the art of printing, beyond college. They are inspired by the number of people in Baltimore who are exceling at their passions and supporting each other.
Meet Kyle Van Horn and Kim Bentley

What does Baltimore have that other cities don’t?
KV: Baltimore has many things, but unique among them is a very strong art and design community. We have the highest per-capita ratio of Maker Spaces in the country - studios where people can learn a skill, trade or craft. I think that speaks to Baltimore's industrial history of steel, sail cloth and printing, as well as many others. That history, and the city's old factories and warehouses that held those industries, are being brought back to life in the 21st century.

Why do so many creative types flock here?
KV: Baltimore is supportive. The art scene is vibrant and fun and weird and active, and there's always something new and special happening.

What do you love most about your community/neighborhood?
KV: The community around our shop in Station North is full of potential. There are amazing anchor institutions like Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), The Parkway Theatre, The Wind-Up Space, The Baltimore Jewelry Center, and Open Works. There are great restaurants, big and small, and then sprinkled in and around all of this are spaces waiting to be transformed. Our neighborhood had felt largely abandoned a couple decades ago, but slowly and surely, it is coming back to life in new and exciting ways.

This interview has been condensed; portions of it have been edited for clarity.