April 21, 2003
Promoting The Rewards of The Art Experience Leads to Top Teaching Honor
David Newton Award for Teaching Excellence Presented to Professor Neill G. Slaughter
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Neill G. Slaughter, a Professor of Art at Southampton College of Long Island University, has been selected to receive the David Newton Award for Teaching Excellence for 2003. He will be presented with his award along with recipients from other Long Island University campuses during a ceremony at the C.W. Post Campus.
Slaughter brought many enlightening cultural and educational experiences with him when he joined the Arts Division at Southampton College in 1993. A Fulbright Fellowship took him to India in 1992 where he found a painter's paradise, capturing in watercolors and oils wide-ranging scenes of Indian culture, from significant architectural monuments to glimpses of life in shantytowns. Before that he participated in a study tour throughout South Africa which resulted in a series of watercolors and oil paintings juxtaposing images of American consumerism with much of the poverty he witnessed.
Part of Slaughter's teaching philosophy is to enrich the lives of his students by making them more visually aware of the rewards of the art experience. Along with setting highly disciplined standards for his courses, he stimulates the creativity in his students by encouraging travel and study abroad programs, arranging field trips to galleries and museums, and offering a wide variety of visual sources including books and slides of master artists.
Slaughter's paintings have been in numerous solo and group shows throughout the United States as well as in France, England and Scotland and he is the recipient of many exhibition awards, grants and honors for his work. He has been reviewed extensively from both local weekly newspapers to international magazines and his works are in public and private collections around the world. Slaughter has also served as a curator of several shows at the College's Avram Family Galleries and a guest lecturer at museums and academic institutions on both the east and west coasts of the United States.
Slaughter graduated Cum Laude from the University of Georgia with a BFA in Liberal Arts and an MFA in Drawing and Painting from Indiana University. He divides his time between a New York City apartment and a home in Southampton with his fiancée Jeannette Hektoen.
Winners of the Newton Award are selected by a committee of their peers following nomination and support from faculty, students and alumni. The award is named for David Newton, a former executive vice president of Long Island University.