MSAC Individual Artist Award (IAA)2018
Artist Statement"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 of life." - Stephen Towns
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, Arlington Arts Center, Galerie Myrtis, Gallery CA, Platform Gallery, Hood College, and is in the collection of the City of Charleston, South Carolina and the Baltimore Museum of Art. Most Recently, Towns was honored as the inaugural ercipient of the 2016 Municipal Art Society of Baltimore, Travel Prize and received the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance Rubys Artist Grant in 2015.