Ruthven H. Byrum was born July 10, 1896 in Grand Junction, Michigan. He studied at Indiana University, The Art Institute of Chicago, the Academie de la Grande Chaumiere in Paris, and the Academie Julian. He studied under Andre Lhote in Paris and Hans Hoffman in Munich.
Byrum was a member of the American Federation of Arts, the Indiana Art Club, the Hoosier Salon, the Indiana Society of Artists, and the American Artist's Professional League. He exhibited extensively, including the Indiana Society of Artists, 1925- 1946; the Hoosier Salon, Indiana, 1928-1946: the Art Institute of Chicago, 1931,1938; the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC, 1932; The John Herron Art Institute 1934; and the Indiana Art Club, 1942.
The Richmond Art Association, Indiana University, and the public schools and churches of Anderson, Indiana have his works, in addition to many public and private collections.
Mr. Byrum illustrated Mr. Noah's ABC Book, and contributed regularly to art magazines. He was also an instructor and assistant Professor of Art at Anderson College, Indiana from 1936 until his death in 1960.