Stephen Towns was born in 1980 in Lincolnville, South Carolina, and received a Bachelor of Fine Art in painting from the University of South Carolina. His work has been exhibited nationally, including solo exhibitions at the Baltimore Museum of Art, York College, Goucher College, as well as group exhibitions at Jack Shainman Gallery: The School, August Wilson Cultural Center, Arlington Art Center, Montpelier Arts Center, Star-Spangled Banner Flag House and Museum. His work has been featured in publications such as the New York Times, American Craft Council Magazine, and The Baltimore Sun. Towns was honored as the inaugural recipient of the 2016 Municipal Art Society of Baltimore Travel Prize and received a Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance Rubys Artist Grant in 2015. In 2018, Towns was a semi-finalist for Sondheim Artscape Prize and awarded an MD State Arts Council’s Individual Artist Award. Towns’ work is in private collections nationally and abroad, including the private collection of Art + Practice, artist Mark Bradford’s nonprofit based in Leimert Park, Los Angeles, National Museum of African American History and Culture, The Baltimore Museum of Art, the Nelson Atkins Museum, the City of Charleston, South Carolina, and the Petrucci Family Foundation.