Dorothy Prohaska Stafford (1902 - 1986, Born Chicago, Illinois)

Dorothy Stafford was an accomplished American Cubist and Abstract Expressionist who was active in Chicago at the time when these styles were in their nascence. She trained under the great Rudolph Weisenborn and exhibited frequently at the Chicago No-Jury Society of Artists which Weisenborn co-founded. She also exhibited at The Art Institute of Chicago and had gallery representation through Chicago’s Findlay Galleries. Stafford travelled and painted in Europe, the Mediterranean, Russia, Mexico, and Canada. Her work was included in the Chicago Artists and Vicinity Exhibitions at the Art Institute of Chicago, and in group shows with the Chicago Society of Artists for more than 25 years. She contributed lino-cuts to the Chicago Society of Artists annual calendar publication for many years. Later in her career she moved to Stuart, Florida where she founded the “Art Associates” group to help organize and advance her new local art scene. She also spent many summers painting in the Carolina Mountains where she organized another group of artists, the Art Guild of the Highlands, and was elected its president. Her studio in Florida was affectionately known as the ‘Little Louvre’ and accommodated ten local painters who she taught and worked with. Exhibitions of their works were held in this studio periodically. Throughout her life, Dorothy Stafford ceaselessly cultivated her talent and passion for painting and was a lasting influence on the many young artists she taught.

Rosary College, Illinois 
Privately with Helen Hudson Below 
Privately with Rudolph Weisenborn 
The Art Institute of Chicago 
The University of Michigan

The Art Institute of Chicago
The Chicago Society of Artists
Art Associates, Florida (Founder)
The Art Guild of the Highlands, North Carolina (Founder)

Chicago No-Jury Society of Artists 
The Art Institute of Chicago 1948 
Paul Theobald Gallery (one woman show) 1944

Yochim, Role and Impact: The Chicago Society of Artists
Falk(ed.), The Annual Exhibition Record of the Art Institute of Chicago
Prince(ed.), The Old Guard and the Avant-Garde:
Modernism in Chicago, 1910-1940