JOHN A. RUTHVEN
Mr. Ruthven is a native of Cincinnati,
Ohio, and studied at the Cincinnati Art Academy and the Jack
Storey Central Academy of Commercial Art. Although he is still
young, as successful artists go (he was born in 1924), he
has already achieved national recognition as a naturalist
and as an animal and bird artist.
One of his finest accomplishments
is the production (with William Zimmerman, another Cincinnati
artist) of Top Flight, a unique field guide and speed index
to North American waterfowl. It contains over 263 full color
reproductions that represent hundreds of hours of work. While
the book was in preparation the authors received the full
cooperation of the ornithology departments of the University
of Cincinnati, Cornell University, the Chicago Natural History
Museum, and the Smithsonian Institution.
In addition to winning the 1960
duck stamp contest, Mr. Ruthven has won the Lithographer's
Association Award for designing the Famous Figureheads series
which was placed in the National Mariners Museum in Washington,
D. C. He was also chosen to create the Ducks Unlimited Certificate
of Merit for 1967 which features a pair of pintails in flight.
His varied interests are reflected
in the list of organizations he has joined. He is a member
of the Outdoor Writers Association, past member of the Cincinnati
Art Club and Art Director's Club and Past President of the
Cincinnati Artist's Guild. He is also a member of the Cincinnati
Bird Club, the American Ornithological Union, and the National
Audubon Society. In 1966 he was selected for membership in
the exclusive Society of Animal Artists in New York City.