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Creating Connections Lecture Series | Art Inspired by Uncovered Histories with Stephen Towns

Thursday, April 18, 2024

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Location: The Rockwell Museum

Open to the public | Members: Free, Not-Yet-Members: $10, Students: $5 | Advance registration encouraged

6-7 p.m. | Lecture  

7-8 p.m. | Members-Only Reception  

Join us for an evening centered around Stephen Towns’s exploration of how American history, especially Black American history, has shaped his practice of art. Towns will discuss how the history of Black Americans has been hidden in archives, passed down through oral traditions or forgotten. He will share his passion for researching and discovering these histories and how they inspired his artistic practice. 

Stephen Towns was born in 1980 in Lincolnville, SC, and lives and works in Baltimore, MD. He trained as a painter with a BFA in studio art from the University of South Carolina and has also developed a rigorous, self-taught quilting practice. In 2018 the Baltimore Museum of Art presented his first museum exhibition, Stephen Towns: Rumination and a Reckoning. His work has been featured in publications such as the New York Times, Artforum, the Washington Post, Hyperallergic, Cultured, Forbes, AFROPUNK, and American Craft. Towns was honored as the inaugural recipient of the 2016 Municipal Art Society of Baltimore Travel Prize, and in 2021, Towns was the first Black artist-in-residence at the Fallingwater Institute, located at Frank Lloyd Wrights’ renowned Fallingwater house in Pennsylvania. In 2021 Towns was also awarded the Maryland State Arts Council’s Individual Artist Award.  

Towns’s work is in the collections of Art + Practice (Los Angeles, CA), the Baltimore Museum of Art (Baltimore, MD), the Boise Museum of Art, (Boise, ID), the City of Charleston (Charleston, SC), the Flint Institute of Arts (Flint, MI), the Huntington Museum of Art (Huntington, WV), the National Museum of African American History and Culture (Washington DC); Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (Kansas City, MO), the Petrucci Family Foundation Collection of African American Art (Asbury, NJ); the Rockwell Museum (Corning, NY); The Westmoreland Museum of American Art (Greensburg, PA); the Wichita Museum of Art (Wichita, KS), and is held in private collections nationally and abroad. 

Members-Only Post-Lecture Reception 

Rockwell Members are invited to join us for a post-lecture reception on the Museum’s second floor. Mingle with fellow members and meet artist Stephen Towns before his fall exhibition opens at The Rockwell in September.   

Not a Rockwell Member? Join now to enjoy unique opportunities like this! Interested in learning more about membership and future events? Email 

*Note: For those unable to attend in person, our April lecture will be recorded and posted on The Rockwell’s YouTube channel. 

Portrait of artist Stephen Towns. Towns is sitting in a backwards chair facing the viewer.
Portrait of artist Stephen Towns by Malik Dupree.

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