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 Mary Jordan Marsh Buff  (1890 - 1970)

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Lived/Active: Kansas/California/Idaho/Ohio      Known for: painting and writing-southwest Indian subjects

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Born in Cincinnati, Ohio on April 10, 1890, Mary Marsh studied with Birger Sandzen, at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts and Cincinnati Art Academy.  She was active in Albion, Idaho before arriving in Los Angeles in the early 1920s.

While working as a curator at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, she wed artist Conrad Buff in 1922.  Her specialty was Southwestern Indian subjects; after her marriage she gave up painting to write children's books, which her husband illustrated. Among them, the most famous was Dancing Cloud, the story of a little Navajo boy.

Mrs. Buff died in Orange County, CA on Nov. 30, 1970.

California Art Club
Laguna Beach Art Association
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
Southern California Artists (Nancy Moure); Artists of the American West (Doris Dawdy); Dictionary of American Painters, Sculptors & Engravers (Fielding, Mantle); American Art Annual 1919-33; Los Angeles Times, 8-6-1922; American Western Art (Harmsen).
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Teacher. Studied art at the University of Oklahoma under Samuel Holmberg and at the Cincinnati Art Academy. Earned her painting degree under Birger Sandzén at Bethany College. Employed as an instructor in drawing and painting at Bethany College, Lindsborg, 1912-15. Moved to Montana.
Sandzén Memorial Art Gallery

Susan Craig, "Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945)"
This and over 1,750 other biographies can be found in Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945) compiled by Susan V. Craig, Art & Architecture Librarian at University of Kansas.

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