Laurie Marshall is a documentary filmmaker and director in New York, New York, who specializes in art and art history. Helen Farr Sloan was a philanthropist, painter, and educator, and was married to artist, John Sloan, from 1945 until his death in 1951.
Helen Sloan had a lifelong dedication to art and in 1996 established the John Sloan Trust to disperse works by John Sloan and support the artistic program of the Delaware Art Museum. John Sloan, one of the founders and members of the Ashcan School, was an American painter and etcher. He was a landscapist and portraitist, but is best known for his depictions of cities and their inhabitants during the early 20th century, often capturing the essence of his New York City neighborhood.