John Ruthven

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Tana Weingartner / WVXU

Editor's note: Famed wildlife artist John Ruthven has died. Known as the the "20th Century Audubon" for his depictions of birds, wildlife and flora, Ruthven died Sunday, Oct. 11. He was 95.

Some of Ruthven's works are currently on display at the Cincinnati Museum Center as part of the exhibit In the Audubon Tradition: Birds of A Feather. In this piece from 2019, he spoke with WVXU's Tana Weingartner after receiving a conservation award from Great Parks of Hamilton County.

Tana Weingartner / WVXU

John James Audubon is famous for his seminal work Birds of America. In Cincinnati, the naturalist, painter and ornithologist is heralded as the first employee of the Western Museum Society, which would later become the Cincinnati Museum Center.

Mary Louise Holt: In the Audubon Tradition

Sep 6, 2019
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Local artist Mary Louise Holt is one of 81 wildlife artists from across North America invited to exhibit paintings in the Cincinnati Museum Center’s upcoming exhibition, In the Audubon Tradition.

The exhibit explores Museum Center's 200-year history through the artwork of John James Audubon, John A. Ruthven and the next generation of wildlife artists.

Birdmen - future of conservation

Jan 28, 2015
Provided, Cincinnati Magazine, Jonathan Willis

  

Provided, Cincinnati Zoo

  The Passenger Pigeon was once probably the most numerous bird on earth. Population estimates from the 19th century ranged from between one and four billion. But on September 1,1914, the last Passenger Pigeon, Martha, died at the Cincinnati Zoo.

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  John A. Ruthven is a naturalist, author, lecturer, and internationally acknowledged master of wildlife art, often called the “20th Century Audubon.” In 1974, he led the effort to save the last of the Cincinnati Zoo'’s 19th century bird pagodas – the one where Martha, the last of the passenger pigeons, had once lived. Mr. Ruthven is the final speaker in the Cincinnati Zoo’'s Barrows Lecture Series this year (the event is sold out). The Zoo’'s Thane Maynard talks with John Ruthven, who is the recipient of the 2014 Cincinnati Zoo Wildlife Conservation Award.

In January of this year, Thane Maynard spoke to Joel Greenburg, author of A Feathered River Across the Sky: The Passenger Pigeon's Flight to Extinction. You can hear that interview by clicking here: Thane and Joel Greenburg