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York College Galleries to host exhibition by Baltimore-based artist Stephen Towns from Jan. 22 to Feb. 23

January 15, 2019
Stephen Towns artwork Portrait of Betty
Portrait of Betty Simmons

An exhibition of work by Baltimore-based artist Stephen Towns, “A Path Between Two Continents,” will be featured in the York College Galleries from Jan. 22 to Feb. 23. Towns will speak at 5:30 p.m., Feb. 7, in DeMeester Recital Hall, Wolf Hall. All events are open to the public free of charge. 

The Cora Miller Gallery and Brossman Gallery are located within the Evelyn and Earle Wolf Hall. Gallery Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, and Friday; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. For additional information on art exhibits, check the website at www.ycp.edu/york-college-galleries or call gallery director Matthew Clay-Robison at 717.815.6622.

A native of Charleston, S.C., mixed-media artist Towns primarily works in oil, acrylic, and fiber, drawing visual inspiration from Medieval altarpieces, Impressionist paintings, and wax cloth prints. His work is rooted in his upbringing in the Deep South and responds to “issues plaguing African American culture such as loss of ancestral roots, slavery, class, education, skin tone, and religion” with a desire to “create beauty from the hardships in life.” A breakthrough exhibition by Towns, “Rumination and a Reckoning,” opened to rave reviews in March 2018 at the Baltimore Museum of Art.

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, he was a semi-finalist for Sondheim Artscape Prize and awarded a MD State Arts Council’s Individual Artist Award.

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