The paintings of Frances Hynes were first seen in New York City at Poindexter Gallery in the 1974 New Talent Festival sponsored by eighteen New York galleries to provide venues for new artists. During 1976-1978, she participated in the National Studio Program at P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, NY, and the inaugural P.S. 1 A Month of Sundays project.
She was represented by Terry Dintenfass Gallery, New York, 1981-1994. In 1995, Frances Hynes served as visiting artist professor at Burren College of Art, County Clare, Ireland. Inspired by her stays in Ireland, she created work titled The Irish Paintings, alluding to myth, belief and the human condition. Her paintings are in museum collections including the Brooklyn Museum, NY; Farnsworth Museum, Rockland, MA; The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC; The Newark Museum, NJ; New Britain Museum of American Art, CT; The Queens Museum of Art, Flushing, NY; and The Telfair Museum of Art, Savannah, GA.
Frances Hynes earned an MA degree from New York University, and a BA from St. John’s University, NY. As a student at New York University, she performed in a happening, Outskirts, 1967, choreographed by Robert Rauschenberg and presented at Loeb Student Center. She received an Artist’s Fellowship-National Endowment for the Arts in 1980. Presently she teaches at La Guardia Community College of the City University of New York, Long Island City, NY.