I completed my BFA degree at Arkansas State University, but was sidetracked for a few years, while pursuing an Electrical Engineering degree at the University of Arkansas.  Although I enjoyed building circuitry, the field as a profession seemed too restrictive for me, so I returned for the MA in Printmaking at ASU, and then continued with my MFA from the University of Iowa in 1987. 

During my stay at Iowa, I held a student position as Assistant Registrar at the Iowa Museum of Art.  I was selected to accompany a collection of African Art to the Taiwan Museum of Art in Taichung.  The experience provided an excellent opportunity to learn about African imagery, religion, and culture, integrating some of those concepts in my own work.   

I had two employment offers after Grad School.  One was as curator of a Native American Museum in South Dakota; the other was to head the drawing program at East Tennessee State University.  I chose the latter and have been with ETSU since 1990. I now teach full-time as professor in charge of printmaking.

Some philosophical rants at ralphslatton.org/grotesqueart
A curiously bizarre website of the blackhand press
Do you believe in the Interocitor?
Gaia Online for the Mango Artist

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