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John A. Ruthven Tribute on the Trails

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John A. Ruthven Tribute on the Trails

August 21 – November 14

Enjoy curated prints of the late John A. Ruthven’s paintings on the trails at Rowe Woods.

The prints were selected to correspond with plants and wildlife in the area where each print will be displayed. There also will be an educational stop in the Visitor Center Library with some of Ruthven’s original works.


About John Ruthven

After serving in World War II, Ruthven trained at the Cincinnati Art Academy and opened his own commercial studio in 1946. In 1960, he won the Federal Duck Stamp competition with his Redhead Ducks. During his career, Ruthven received numerous awards and had original works unveiled at locations such as the Hermitage Museum in Russia and the White House.

Passing away last year at the age of 95, Ruthven leaves a legacy of work behind to be studied and admired for years to come. 

A long-time supporter of the Nature Center, Ruthven would complete live sketches at our annual Back to Nature fundraiser, which were auctioned off as part of the event. Friends of Ruthven have funded a new gazebo at Rowe Woods in his and wife Judy’s memory.

“The Nature Center was such a special place to him,” said Ruthven’s grandson, Matt Weissman, who helped with exhibit planning. “It was one of his favorite organizations, and I couldn’t think of a better way to honor him.”