Annapolis Maritime Museum presents the “Maritime Images of Neill Slaughter,” 30 paintings in oil, acrylic and watercolor inspired by a life on the sea and shore. With roots in Annapolis as the son of a professor of civil engineering at the U.S. Naval Academy, the artist is now a professor of fine arts at Long Island University in New York. He is inspired by his voyages aboard schooners and tall ships. “A ship under sail is a perfect example of form and function,” he says. “Sails, molded by wind, sun, and shadow, suggest a sculptural abstraction.” An artist’s reception will be held Friday, August 26, from 5 to 7 p.m. All artwork is for sale and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Museum’s education programs.
Neill Slaughter graduated with a B.F.A. degree in 1975 from the University of Georgia and received his M.F.A. in 1978 from Indiana University in Bloomington. From 1978 to the present Professor Slaughter has been teaching fine arts courses at the university level as well as exhibiting his drawings and paintings nationally and internationally.
He has crewed aboard a 90-foot gaff-rigged schooner and sailed around Great Britain aboard a replica of Darwin’s 1820 brig-sloop Beagle. Additionally, he has documented sea and harbor life along the North Sea, the Indian Ocean, the Pacific and Atlantic coasts of the United States, as well as from the Virgin Islands to Long Island.
Among the awards and honors Professor Slaughter has received are a Ford Foundation Fellowship (1977-78), a Scottish Arts Council Grant (1980), an LMU Research Grant to Africa (1988) and a Fulbright Fellowship to India (1992). More recently, Professor Slaughter was the 2003 Long Island University recipient of the David Newton Award for Excellence in Teaching. Neill Slaughter has had more than 27 solo exhibits of his drawings and paintings since 1978 and participated in more than 75 national and international group exhibitions.
The exhibit is free and open to the public each Thursday through Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. See www.amaritime.org for a complete schedule, directions and parking information.