Ralph Slatton was born in 1952,resident of a small rural community in Northeast Arkansas. His mother was a native of Yokohama, Japan, and she provided much toward his artistic sensibilities. In like manner, Slatton's father contributed a good quality of Southern humor and an easy going manner. Creativity and humor have always been a prominent part of Slatton's earliest memories and continued to play an important role in his artwork today.

Slatton holds the degrees of BFA and MA from Arkansas State University, and the MFA from the University of Iowa. While at the university, he had worked as assistant registrar at the IA Museum of Art. He assisted with an exhibition of African art at the Taiwan Museum of Art in Taichung. Working closely with the collection provided much influence toward his interest in animal imagery.In 1990, he acquired a position with East Tennessee State University to coordinate drawing and pre-medical illustration programs. He later served as department Chair for about five years.Ralph Slatton presently heads the printmaking program, teaching intaglio, lithography, relief, and screen process. This site is a documentation of his accomplishments, exhibitions, and service, as artist printmaker.


1987 - 1990 MFA University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA (Art/ Printmaking)

1983 - 1986 MA Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, AR (Art/ Printmaking)

1982 - 1983 University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR (Electrical Engineering)

1976 - 1981 BFA Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, AR (Art/ Sculpture)


2001 (present) Full Professor, Art & Design, East Tennessee State University

1999 - 2004 Department Chair, Art & Design, East Tennessee State University

1995 - 2001 Associate Professor, Art & Design, East Tennessee State University

1990 - 1995 Assistant Professor, Art & Design, East Tennessee State University


1989 - 1990 Assistant Registrar, (GA) University of Iowa Museum of Art, Iowa City, IA

1988 Art Instructor, (Temp) Mississippi County Community College, AR

1985 - 1986  Fine Arts Coordinator, (Vol.) Trumann Area Fine Arts Council, Trumann, AR

1972 - 1975  Military Service, (Sgt E-5) Army Air Defense, Grafenwohr, Germany