Slaughter earned his BFA from Memphis College of Art. He received his MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Upon graduating Cranbrook, Slaughter was awarded the prestigious Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant. He has received the Louisiana Division of the Arts Career Enhancement Grant, He has been published in New American Paintings magazine three times. This year he was nominated the Louisiana Prize from South Arts and received the Sam and Adele Golden residency. He is currently living in Ruston, LA, and is Associate Professor of Art at Louisiana Tech University.