was a pioneering art instructor with a great deal of influence over the development of Native American
art in the 20th century. Schooled in Chicago, Dunn came to New Mexico
in the mid-1920s to develop The Art Studio
at the Santa Fe Indian School
. Among her students were Allan Houser
, Ben Quintana, Harrison Begay, Joe H. Herrara, Quincy Tahoma, Andy Tsihnajinnie, Pablita Velarde, Eva Mirabel, Tonita Lujan, Pop-Chalee, Oscar Howe
, and Geronima Cruz Montoya.
Dunn taught art to her Native American students with strict rules – figurative formalism in style, tribal identification in subject matter. At the time, art collectors and curators alike were looking for historicized paintings that depicted pastoral scenes of a pre-genocide Native America.