Stephen Towns grew up in Lincolnville, South Carolina, a small community outside of Charleston. He earned a B.F.A from the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC in 2004, and received the Ed Yaghjian Undergraduate Studio Award in 2003. Towns has displayed his work in group exhibitions in South Carolina and Maryland, notably at the Richland County Public Library and in the Piccolo Spoleto and Moja Arts Festival Juried Exhibitions. In 2003, he was awarded first prize in the Moja Arts Festival and his work was included in the Charleston County collection.
Towns is a transplant to Baltimore City. The very visible effects and signs of racial oppression in the city are striking. Although exploring and discussing these issues are often times uncomfortable, Towns seeks to explore the deep and complex social issues that effect Blacks in America.