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 Dorothy Brenholts Stauffer Hay  (1901 - 1974)

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Lived/Active: New Mexico/Arizona/Iowa      Known for: portrait, animal, street scene and religion painting

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A painter, etcher and muralist whose subjects included portraits, European street scenes, decorative and religious motifs, ghost towns, and landscapes of Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and Mexico, Dorothy Stauffer Hay was born in Red Oak, Iowa to Walter and Florence Brenholts.  She showed art talent as a child.  From 1919 to 1922, she attended the University of California at San Diego, and then completed her undergraduate studies at Stanford University in Palo Alto with a degree in philosophy.  She took art classes in Los Angeles, and in 1925, taught at the California School of Fine Arts in San Francisco. 

From 1926 to 1928, she was in Paris, where she studied at the André Lhote Academy and the Academie de la Grande Chaumiére with Emile Bourdelle.  She also spent time in Florence, Italy, studying etching with Marfori Savini.  She returned to America and began study in New York City at the Art Students League and set up a commercial art studio.  Among her teachers were Jon Corbino, Eliot O'Hara and Frederick Taubes.

She married Leo Stauffer, and by 1929, the couple were in Denver, where she stayed for ten years.  In 1939, she went to Santa Fe, and in the 1940s, remarried.  The second husband was Joe King.  In 1953, she moved to El Paso, Texas where in 1958, she served as President of the El Paso Art Association, and was co-founder of the National Sun Carnival Exhibition.  She married a third time, and the husband's name was John L. Hay.  In 1962, she settled in Tucson, Arizona, and in 1964, she was named Woman of the Year by editors of the Arizona Daily Star.

Exhibition venues include Associated American Artists in New York; Philadelphia Print Club; New Mexico and Colorado State Fairs; Museum of New Mexico; El Paso Museum; and El Paso Artists, 1961 (prize).  Murals by Dorothy Hay are in the Albuquerque Airport; Bishop's Lodge and La Fonda Hotel in Santa Fe; and the Childlren's Wing of Thomason General Hospital in El Paso.

Sources:
Phil Kovinick and Marian Yoshiki Kovinick, An Encyclopedia of Women Artists of the American West
Edan Hughes, Artists in California, 1786-1940
Peter Hastings Falk, Editor, Who Was Who in American Art

Written by Lonnie Pierson Dunbier

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