Slaughter earned his BFA from Memphis College of Art in 1997. He received his MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2000. Upon graduating Cranbrook, Slaughter was awarded the prestigious Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant and in 2006 and was nominated for the Louis Comfort Tiffany Grant. In 2012 he received the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Career Enhancement Grant. He is currently living in Ruston, LA, and is Associate Professor of Art at Louisiana Tech University.
His highlighted exhibitions include: Louisiana Biennial at the Contemporary Art Center in New Orleans; Cue Gallery in Chelsea, NYC; Dirty South in Miami; Flotsam Sanctus at Capsule Gallery in Chelsea, NYC; ADA Gallery in Richmond, VA, SECCA’s Homegrownin Winston-Salem, NC; and a recent sight specific installation titled Sympathetic Distraction Reaction at the Masur Museum of Art in Monroe, LA, as part of the Outside In exhibition. His work has been published twice in New American Paintings.