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GCA NATIONAL AWARD PROPOSAL FORM CANDIDATE: John A. Ruthven
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Eloise Payne Luquer Award No ✔
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May we have permission to switch the candidate to a different award? PROPOSER: Mrs. Eileen Barrett ADDRESS: 9300 Shawnee Run Road TELEPHONE: 513 561-4278 SECONDER - 1: The Honorable Rob Portman ADDRESS:
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2. NAME: The Honorable Steve Chabot
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3. NAME: Ms. Carla Dove
TITLE/ORGANIZATION: Smithsonian Nat'l Hist. Mus.
4. NAME: Dr. John W. Fitzpatrick
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5. NAME: Mr. William H. Hopple III
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Mrs. Mark J. Panarese Award Committee Chairman Garden Club of America 14 East 60th Street, 3rd Floor New York, NY 10022 Dear Chairman Panarese,
18 March 2014
I am honored to write in support of John Ruthven’s nomination for the Garden Club of America’s Eloise Payne Luquer Award. I had the privilege of meeting with John in my role as the Program Manager of the Feather Identification Laboratory-Division of Birds at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Our museum is home to Martha, the last captive passenger pigeon that died at the Cincinnati Zoo in 1914. I remember our robust conversation as if it were yesterday. Since John is extremely passionate about conserving large tracts of land to help protect endangered bird species, we discussed a possible partnership to mark the 100th anniversary of Martha’s death. Prior to its extinction, the passenger pigeon was the most populous vertebrate in North America, making up 40% of the continent’s bird population. John, who has devoted his life to protecting endangered species and habitats, felt it would be compelling way to educate others about bird extinction and its impact on our planet. John, nationally-known for his talent in creating lifelike images, brings perspective to conservation through his paintings. His depictions give opportunity to understand, educate, preserve, and conserve natural surroundings. He is preeminent in his field and a frequent lecturer who uses his pulpit and his artistic gifts to create awareness for urgently needed conservation efforts. Those who know John understand that he is driven by his relationship with nature. Thank you for your consideration of John for the Eloise Payne Luquer Award. It is fitting to recognize one of the nation’s most-gifted artists and ardent environmentalists given his role as a catalyst for conservation. Sincerely,
Carla Dove Program Manager -Feather Identification Lab – Division of Birds Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History Washington, DC
John Ruthven, "20th Century Audubon," to Receive Honorary Doctorate from UC uc.edu /prof iles/prof ile.asp
UC News Search Event s Calendars & Events Native Cincinnatian and internationally renowned wildlif e artist John A. Ruthven will be honored at the University of Cincinnati Dec. 14 Commencement ceremony. Date: 12/4/2013 11:00:00 AM By: M.B. Reilly Phone: (513) 556-1824 Photos By: Provided Internationally renowned wildlif e artist, author, lecturer and naturalist John A. Ruthven, 89, will receive an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree at the University of Cincinnati December Commencement exercises set f or 9 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 14, at Fif th T hird Arena.
John Ruthven An honorary degree represents the highest award f rom the university. A lif elong resident of the Cincinnati region, Ruthven grew up in Walnut Hills and was of ten f ound on the banks of the Ohio River during his boyhood, with sketch pad in hand. Over his long career since, he has been called the 20th Century Audubon, heir to great 19th century American wildlif e artist James John Audubon. In f act, in his depictions of wildlif e, Ruthven uses the same techniques once employed by Audubon: He studies and researches his subjects thoroughly,
sketches to strict specif ications, and then renders original paintings and limited-edition prints in great detail. T he resulting paintings depicting nature and wildlif e have been exhibited globally at such sites as the White House; the Smithsonian Institutions Preservation and Research Center; the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia; the Presidents Palace in the Philippines; the Neil Armstrong Air and Space Museum; the Capitol Rotunda in Columbus, Ohio; the Cincinnati Art Museum and many other locales. His works are also in a number of corporate collections, including those of Deere & Company, Proctor & Gamble and the Cincinnati Bengals. In 2004, Ruthven was awarded a National Medal of Art by President George W. Bush. T he artists contributions to his native Cincinnati go back decades, since the time he opened his f irst commercial studio in 1946. For instance, in the 1960s, he made it possible to save UCs irreplaceable collection of bird specimens and helped to instigate the transf er of that collection to the Cincinnati Museum of Natural History, where it is still key to avian research. In 1974, Ruthven conceived of , designed and raised the f unds to create the Passenger Pigeon Memorial at the Cincinnati Z oo & Botanical Garden. In the year 2000, Ruthvens research helped to f ind and appropriately mark the Spring Grove Cemetery grave of Joseph Mason, a Cincinnati teenager in the early 1800s who traveled the Ohio and Mississippi rivers with James John Audubon. Mason painted the f loral backgrounds to 50 of the works appearing in Audubons monumental work, Birds of America. And this past summer, Ruthven was of ten f ound in downtown Cincinnati, at Eighth and Vine streets, scaling six-story scaf f olding while contributing to a large-scale mural of passenger pigeons to commemorate the 100th anniversary (in 2014) of the death of the last passenger pigeon, Martha, at the Cincinnati Z oo. Ruthven is a graduate of the Cincinnati Art Academy. His original art work can be f ound in the f orm of original paintings, limited-edition prints and notecards, and at one time a U.S. Postal Service stamp. In 1960, the postal service, in partnership with the U.S. Department of the Interior, issued a Redhead Duck stamp, a work by Ruthven. RET URN to main Commencement news announcement.