Burns Points of Interest
-Ron is the first and only Artist in Residence of The Humane Society of the United States.
The HSUS is the nation's largest and most powerful animal protection organization with
over 10 million members. For several years, his painting of Ollie, The HSUS's poster
dog, has reached millions of readers by gracing the pages of Business Week, Sports
Illustrated, PEOPLE, InStyle and more.
-The mayor of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida proclaimed a Ron Burns Day in appreciation for his
work with homeless animals.
-Ron's Alma Mater, The Ohio State University, bestowed upon him their Professional
Achievement Award in 2005 for all of his notable achievements in the field of fine art.
-As Guest of Honor at the celebration of the Nation's first ever animal district, located in
Dallas, Texas, Ron was presented with a Special Recognition for his philanthropic spirit
and great love for all animals, by Dallas mayor, Tom Leppert.
Through his artwork, Ron has helped raise millions of dollars to benefit non-profits through out the
United States. Here are just a few examples:
-Nationwide - Inspired by Sirius, a dog that lost his life in Twin Towers on 9/11, Ron began
a series of portraits inspired by bomb detection, therapy, and recovery dogs, which have
raised thousands for various search and rescue training organizations, including the HSUS
Disaster Dog Relief Fund.
-Nationwide - The horror of the Michael Vick dog fighting indictment led to Ron's latest
program, Prize, Not Fighter. He partnered with The HSUS in this program to raise funds
for legislation to stop dog fighting. Seen in Time Magazine and promoted by AOL.
-State of Arizona - Ron created the Pet Friendly license plate, raising over $600,000.00 for
-Jacksonville, FL - In April 2007, the Jacksonville Humane Society burned to the ground,
claiming the lives of almost 100 animals. Touched by this tragedy, Ron painted a portrait of
a survivor, titled, One Lucky Dog, which raises funds to rebuild the shelter. Featured on
the PBS series Animal Attractions.
- Extreme Make Over-Home Edition received such a strong reaction to Ron's first
appearance on the program that they included him again the following season.
-He has also been featured on Fox News twice earning both stories Emmy Awards
CNN three times, Good Morning America, PBS, The Discovery Channel and has made
numerous appearances on local stations across the U.S.
-Numerous publications that have featured him and his artwork, including Forbes, The San
Francisco Chronicle, TIME Magazine, and the New York Daily News.