Wildlife Artist Awarded State Conservationist Of The Year

Wildlife Artist Awarded State Conservationist Of The Year
John Ruthven Voted State Conservationist Of The Year.

John A. Ruthven's Heading South - Original Framed Acrylic
John A. Ruthven's Heading South - Original Framed Acrylic

GEORGETOWN, OHIO – -(TheOutdoorWire.com)-  Wildlife artist John Ruthven received the League of Ohio Sportsmen’s State Conservationist of the year award today at his Brown County studio according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.

Founded in 1908, the League of Ohio Sportsmen is the oldest conservation organization in the state and represents over 200,000 Ohioans who hunt, fish, camp, boat, hike, nature watch and enjoy the outdoors. Any Ohioan can be nominated for the State Conservation Awards. Nominations are considered in all areas of conservation, including water, forest, soil, recycling, habitat, education legislation, communication and youth conservation efforts.

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OHIODNR Director Logan and John Ruthven

League of Ohio Sportsmen President, Larry Mitchell Sr. said that Ruthven was one of three nominated for the state conservationist category. Mitchell was on hand for the awards ceremony and along with the Ohio Division of Wildlife Chief, David Graham, presented Mr. Ruthven with the prestigious award.

Ruthven gave a tour of the studio and highlighted some of his past work as well as some of the artwork he is currently working on. Many of the paintings recount memorable moments in the artist’s life as well as pieces commissioned for conservation and community organizations.

As a young boy growing up in Cincinnati, John Ruthven often visited the banks of the Ohio River with a sketchpad in hand, dreaming of preserving wildlife through art. In 1960 he won the Federal Duck Stamp contest with his painting of redhead ducks. He is known for his accuracy and attention to detail in his artwork, accomplished by in-depth observation and research of the subjects he paints. Ruthven was awarded the 2004 national Medal of Arts by the President of the United States which recognized his contributions as an artist and naturalist to conserving our natural treasures. He is known locally and worldwide for his artistic and financial contributions to conservation. Ruthven created the art for the very first Ohio Wetlands Habitat Stamp in 1982. He generously donated his artwork in 1997 for Ohio’s Cardinal License Plate, which adorns the bumpers of nearly 35,000 vehicles and has generated millions of dollars for wildlife conservation throughout the state. His artwork has been used in a variety of Division of Wildlife publications.