A graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Sloan taught still life, landscape, portrait and figure painting classes at the Academy from 1962 until his retirement in 1997. Originally encouraged by Academy instructor Julius Bloch to study at the Academy, Sloan went on to receive the Philadelphia City Council Scholarship in 1952 and, four years later, the Pennsylvania Academy's Cresson Travel Scholarship. He also worked as a conservator at the Philadelphia Museum of Art from 1963 to 1981.
He was honored at the Academy with its third annual Distinguished Alumni Award on May 6, 2005. During his career, Sloan has received many prestigious awards including the Louis Comfort Tiffany grant, the Academy's Jennie Sesan
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