Frances Hynes (b. 1945) is a lifelong New York artist, but has made her mark around the United States and abroad through her abstract landscapes and seascapes. She received her Bachelor of Arts from St. John’s University and Master of Arts from New York University, where she performed in Outskirts, choreographed by Robert Rauschenberg in 1967. Hynes also studied art at the Art Students League in Woodstock, New York and the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence, Italy.
Hynes’ extensive history begins with the 1974 New Talent Festival, sponsored by eighteen New York galleries to provide venues for unknown artists. Since then she has had over forty solo exhibitions, namely at the Pointdexter Gallery, New York; New Britain Museum of American Art, Connecticut; Springfield Museum of Art, Ohio; Jacksonville Museum of Contemporary Art, Florida, among others. Recent group exhibitions include three invitationals at the National Academy of Design—where she was awarded the Edwin Palmer Memorial Prize for Painting—and two at the American Academy of Arts and Letters, both in New York. Her artworks are represented in museum collections such as: the Brooklyn Museum, New York; National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.; Portland Museum of Art, Maine; and the Zimmerli Art Museum, New Brunswick, New Jersey. Since 1973, her paintings have traveled internationally with the Art in Embassies program.
Hynes was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Grant and participated in the National Workspace Program at MoMA PS1 Art Institute (Long Island City, New York). She completed residencies at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Ireland, The Millay Colony for the Arts in New York, and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Hynes was a visiting professor at Burren College of Art, Ireland; Lahti Institute of Fine Arts, Finland; and Memphis College of Art, Tennessee. She taught at Savannah College of Art and Design, Georgia and was adjunct associate professor at LaGuardia Community College (CUNY) until 2013.