In 1994 Ruthven was honored by the Cincinnati Museum of Natural History with a major retrospective exhibit displaying 100 of his most important works, including "Eagle to the Moon," commissioned by former Gov. James Rhodes to commemorate the achievements of astronaut Neil Armstrong.
His paintings have been included in acclaimed exhibitions such as The Artist of America Exhibition in Denver, Colorado and the Society of Animal Artist, a traveling museum exhibition included at the Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum in Oradell, New Jersey.
Museums featuring his work include the Smithsonian Institution`s Preservation and Research Center; Leigh Yawkey Woodson Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin; the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History, Jamestown, New York; and the Cincinnati Museum Center where a major retrospective exhibit of his work, "John A. Ruthven - In the Audubon Tradition," was mounted, and the Eliose Payne Luquer Medal from the Garden Club of America for special achievement in the field of botany which may include medial research, the fine arts or education.
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