Ralph Slatton is Professor in charge of Printmaking at ETSU, Department of Art and Design. He began his position in 1990 and presently teaches drawing fundamentals, intro to prints, intaglio, lithography, silkscreen, and relief. He has also held the position of Department Chair from 1999 to 2004. His degrees are BFA (1982) and MA (1986) degrees from Arkansas State University and the MFA (1990) from University of Iowa. A selected list of recent shows include: “Society of American Artists Exhibition,” Ormond Memorial Art Museum and Gardens, Ormond Beach, Florida (members exhibition)2008; “Naestved International Mini Print Exhibition,” Ronnebaeksholm Arts and Culture Centre Naestved, Denmark. (group exhibition)2008; “Mind Creatures,” Mabee Art Gallery, Culver Stockton College, Canton, MO. (solo)’2008.
"I just love drawing organic forms, especially if those forms are capable of emotion and narrative. My animals enjoy the attributes given to humans. In fact, they are a kind of stand-in for people and events in my life. I often deal with personal issues with my animals. Hummanah, for example, explores the idea that we shield ourselves with armor and disguises to appear more ferocious than we are. Fantasy animals are such good subjects. I am able to explore their ferocity and also their weaknesses.
I was born in 1952 in an old farm house located in the middle of the cotton fields of Eastern Arkansas. I was a product of both Oriental and Southern culture, as my Mom was a native of Yokahama, Japan. She provided much toward my artistic sensibilities, while my Dad gave me the good legacy of Southern humor." (visit Ralph Slatton's website)