Global Artist Stephen Towns

Global Artist Stephen Towns

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BIO

 

Currently, based out of Baltimore, Maryland, Mixed-Media Artist, Stephen Towns was raised in Lincolnville, South Carolina. Towns primarily works in oil, acrylic, and fiber drawing much of his visual inspiration from Medieval altarpieces, Impressionist paintings and wax cloth prints. His work has been exhibited at the Baltimore Museum of Art, Galerie Myrtis, Gallery CA, Platform Gallery, Hood College and is in the collection of the City of Charlestown, South Carolina and the Baltimore Museum of Art. Most recently, Towns was honored as the inaugural recipient of the 2016 Municipal Art Society of Baltimore, Travel Prize and received the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance Rubys Artist Grant in 2015.

“All of my work is rooted in my growing up in the Deep South. My work is in direct response to issues permeating African American culture, issues such as loss of ancestral roots, slavery, class, education, skin tone and religion. I want to create beauty from the hardships in life.”–Stephen Towns

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EDUCATION
2004–McMaster College, University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina, BFA Studio Art

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2018–Rumination and a Reckoning, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD 2017– A Migration, Goucher College, Baltimore, MD
2016–Take Me Away to the Stars, Galerie Myrtis, Baltimore, MD
2015–Stephen Towns, Jubilee Arts, Baltimore, MD 2014–co|patriot, Hood College, Frederick, MD
2014–co|patriot, Gallery CA, Baltimore, MD
2005–Into My Looking Glass, City Gallery at the Dock Street Theatre, Charleston, SC

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2018–Myths, Archetypes, and Folklore, The Art Barn, Gaithersburg, MD
2017–Censored, The Motor House, Baltimore, MD(Curated by Leslie King-Hammond)
2017–Two Lane Stories, Gallery CA, Baltimore, MD
2017–INTERDISCIPLINARIUM, AAC: Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, VA
2016–To Be Black in White America, Galerie Myrtis, Baltimore, MD
2016–All American House, Carroll Mansion, Baltimore, MD
2016–Consumption, Galerie Myrtis, Baltimore, MD 2016–Untitled, Busboys and Poets, Washington, DC
2016–Narrative in Black Identity, Montpelier Arts Center, Laurel, MD
2015–People & Places: A Primer, Eubie Blake Cultural Center, Baltimore, Maryland 2015–Untitled, Dovecote Café, Baltimore, MD
2015–Bmore Seoul to Soul, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD
2015–Select 2015, Washington Project for the Arts, Arlington, VA
2014–For Whom It Stands, TOO, Star-Spangled Banner Flag House and Museum, Baltimore, MD
2014–Tradition and Interpretation: Selected works by Jeffrey Kent & Stephen Towns, Platform Gallery, Baltimore, MD 2014–Baltimore 1, Gallery CA, Baltimore, MD
2014–10 + 1, Gallery 788, Baltimore, MD
2013–Collaboration, Station North Arts Cafe, Baltimore, MD
2013–Salvage: A Waste of Materials, A Wealth of Art, Baltimore, MD
2012–MICA Juried Staff Exhibition, Maryland Institute College of Art (Juried by James Rieck)
2012–Mask-Ulinity, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD (Juried)
2011–Femme Fatale, CCBC Catonsville, MD

LECTURES & PUBLIC SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
2018—Mark Bradford in Conversation with Stephen Towns, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD
2017– Guest Lecturer, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD
2017– Guest Lecturer, Towson University, Towson, MD
2016–Faculty, Maryland Institute of Art, Course: Art and Activism, Baltimore, MD 2016–Penn Ave Film Project, Jubilee Arts Baltimore, Baltimore, MD
2014–Guest Lecturer, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD
2014–Presentation, Jubilee Arts, Baltimore, MD
2013–Guest Lecturer, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD
2011–Presentation, Community College of Baltimore County, Catonsville, MD

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MURAL & PUBLIC ART COMMISSIONS
2015–Art at Work, Baltimore Office of the Promotion and the Arts, Baltimore, Maryland
2015–Main Street Improvement Project, Belair-Edison Neighborhoods, Inc., Baltimore, Maryland
2015–Bea Gaddy Family Center, Baltimore, Maryland
2010–Fort Meade Youth Program, Fort Meade, Maryland
2009–Fort Meade Middle School Program, Fort Meade, Maryland
2008–Pepperhill Elementary School, Charleston, South Carolina
2006–Fort Story Boys and Girls Club, Virginia Beach, Virginia
2005–Pepperhill Elementary School, Charleston, South Carolina
2000–Carteret Street United Methodist Church, Beaufort, South Carolina

DIGITAL PUBLICATIONS
-Heinrich, Will, Art: Story Quilts by Stephen Towns, New York Times, March 3, 2018
-Houston, Kerr, The Stars Converge: Spencer Finch and Stephen Towns at the BMA, Bmore Art, March 12, 2018
-McCauley, Mary, Baltimore artist Stephen Towns lands career-making solo show at Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore Sun, March 10, 2018
-McLeod, Ethan, BMA debuts artist Stephen Towns’ mystical quilt collection on Nat Turner, American slavery, Baltimore Fishbowl, March7,2018
-Uslin, Kimberley, Written in the Sky, Baltimore Style, March 9, 2018
-Cara Ober, Provocative Nat Turner-Inspired Portraits Fuel Debate After Their Removal, Hyperallergic, September 8, 2017
-Jenkins, Mark, Doubling down on artworks, The Washington Post, September 1, 2017
-Kirkman, Rebekah, Paintings removed from Stephen Towns’ solo show prompt discussion on empathy and emotion, Baltimore City Paper, September 12, 2017
-Angela Carroll, Seeing Through the Lens of Black America, Bmore Art, Baltimore, MD June 29, 2016
-Liz Atwood, All American House at Carroll Mansion showcases U.S.-made furnishings, student interior design, Baltimore Sun, Baltimore, MD April 29, 2016
-Ben Levy, Interview, Bmore Art, Baltimore, MD, September 11, 2014
-Cara Ober, Imagine Every Person A Saint: An Interview with Painter Stephen Towns, BmoreArt, Baltimore, MD, November 2013

PRINT PUBLICATIONS
-Michelle Joan Wilkinson, For Whom It Stands: The Flag and The American People. Reginald F. Lewis Museum 2016. 94- 95
-Tim Smith Confronting race, violence through art at Galerie Myrtis, Baltimore Sun June 23, 2016
-Justin Tsucalas, Studio Visit Bmore Art: A Journal of Art + Ideas, Fall/Winter 2015 Urbanite Magazine, Voices Rising Up, November 2015, 60-63
-Tim Smith, Provocative Art, Baltimore Sun
-Michael Farley, Contemporary Icons, Baltimore City Paper, September 3-10. 33,36
-Maura Callahan, Now See This, Baltimore City Paper, August 20-27. 57
-Lisa Simeone, Golden Rule, Baltimore Style, September 2014. 46
-Robert Murrow & Rae Wallace, Spreading the Word by Recycling with Art, APWA Reporter, August 2013. 81-83
-Christine Hampton and Rosalee Washington, The History of Lincolnville, South Carolina. BookSurge, LLC. 2007. 119-120
-Nick Smith, Through a Glass Darkly, Charleston City Paper, February 16, 2005
-Dottie Ashley, Through My Looking Glass Post and Courier, February 13, 2005
-Lisa Gieskes, History Informs Art of Unity in Sepia, Free Times, November 26, 2003
-Julie R Smith, Lincolnville Festival Celebrates History, Culture, Summerville Journal Scene, February 28, 2003

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RADIO/TELEVISION
-ABC News, Local artist uses art and history to tell new stories. ABC, Baltimore, MD, February 26, 2018
-ArtWorks, MPT, Baltimore, MD, February 4, 2016
-Mark Steiner, Interview, WEAA 88.9, Baltimore, MD, September 8, 2014
-Mark Steiner, Interview, WEAA 88.9, Baltimore, MD, August 28, 2014

HONORS & AWARDS
2018– Maryland State Arts Council’s Individual Artist Award in craft
2015–1st Annual Municipal Art Society of Baltimore City Artist Travel Prize, The Municipal Art Society of Baltimore City & the Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts
2015–Rubys Artist Grant, Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance
2013–Second Prize. Salvage: A Waste of Materials, A Wealth of Art

COLLECTIONS
–Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, Maryland
–City of Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina