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

  • Phone: (607) 937-5386
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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.

Creating Connections Lecture Series | Art Inspired by Uncovered Histories with Stephen Towns
  • The Rockwell Museum: A Smithsonian Affiliate
  • 111 Cedar Street
  • Corning, NY 14830
  • April 18, 2024 to April 18, 2024
  • Members: Free, Not-Yet-Members: $10

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The Rockwell Museum: A Smithsonian Affiliate

111 Cedar Street
Corning, NY 14830
(607) 937-5386

COVID-19 Update: The Museum is open. Please visit our Health & Safety page to learn about our current guidelines and visitor experience:  https://rockwellmuseum.org/health/

Regular hours: Open daily, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Summer Hours (Memorial Day – Labor Day): 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Kids/Teens (17 & Under) Free

More than a museum – The Rockwell is a unique community center where people enjoy, connect, and reflect on the essence of the American experience, character, and values through the eyes of American artists. The Rockwell Museum is the only Smithsonian Affiliate in Upstate New York.

Housed within Corning’s Historic City Hall, The Rockwell explores the evolution of being American through the eyes of American artists. With up to three spotlight exhibitions throughout the year and an ever-evolving collection, there’s always something new to see and experience.

Collection Highlights:

·         Modern and Contemporary Art

·         Masterworks of Remington & Russell

·         American Landscapes from the Hudson River School

·         Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Objects & Modern Art

·         Taos Society of Artists

·         American Illustrations and Prints

·         Wildlife Art

·         Southwestern Pottery and Ceramics

Upgrade to a Combination Ticket to include a visit to Corning Museum of Glass and save up to 10%! A free shuttle travels between both locations throughout the day.