Florence Moonan grew up in Lambertville, New Jersey involved in the visual and performing arts at home, school, and local summer theater. Her heart was set on becoming a performer, but a gift set of acrylics from her father, a self-taught artist, redirected her focus. She returned to her early roots and began painting at home while she raised a family.
In 1977, she accepted a full-time administrative position at Trenton State College (now, The College of New Jersey) where she soon registered for a studio class in the evening each semester. In 1980, she enrolled in the art department of the College. An unconventional painting class with Professor Chrisa Craig in 1988 changed her approach to making art. This change was further sealed when distinguished artist, Joan Snyder lectured at the campus. Prior to her lecture, Snyder saw Moonan’s work from Dr. Craig’s class in the student exhibition and asked for an introduction. The painter talked to her about her future as an artist. Her recommendations and words of encouragement provided the incentive to continue working in this new direction. Craig’s teachings, and Snyder’s works inspired her to express her internal emotions through color and texture. This was a pivotal time in the process of her artistic development. She continued to work and study at The College, while building a professional portfolio. In December 2002, she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from The College of New Jersey.
Moonan's paintings have been selected for numerous juried shows, solo, invited, and group exhibitions in galleries and museums throughout the United States. Upcoming and current events include: The 28th Annual International Invitational Salon of Small Works, Kutztown, PA, May 26 - July 9, 2017; The 60th Chautauqua Annual Exhibition of Contemporary Art: 60 Works Celebraing 60 Years, Chautauqua, NY, June 25 - July 18, 2017; 11th Annual Juried Exhibition at GoggleWorks Center for the Arts, (First Prize Award), Reading, Pennsylvania through June 4, 2017, and Ellarslie Open 34, Trenton City Museum, Trenton, NJ through June 25, 2017.
Her work was included in the 38th Annual Juried Art Exhibition at Monmouth Museum, Lincroft, NJ, 2017 and HAM 2016 Annual Members Exhibition, Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, New Jersey; PAGUS Annual Art Show, Norristown, Pennsylvania; SMI’s Viewpoints 2016 at aljira—a Center for Contemporary Arts, Newark, NJ; Artist Council of Princeton 2016 Members Exhibition, Princeton, New Jersey; New Hope Arts Members’ Salon Exhibition 2016, New Hope, Pennsylvania; NEXUS, Arts Guild NJ’s 2016 International Juried Exhibition, Rahway, New Jersey; Langhorne Council for the Arts (LCA) 2016 Sumer Speakers Series; Ellarslie Open 33 at the Trenton City Museum, and Sculpture New Hope, New Hope Arts Center. She was invited for a solo exhibition at Pennswood Art Gallery, Newtown, Pennsylvania; Kol Ami Gallery (self-curated), Elkins Park, Pennsylvania; Creative Tension, Perkins Center for the Arts, Moorestown, New Jersey; Phillips Mill Annual, New Hope, Pennsylvania; An Opening Dialogue - The Nature of Abstraction and on Your Radar? (invitational), Trenton City Museum, Trenton, New Jersey, and Abington Art Center's Solo Summer Series, Jenkintown, Pennsylvania. Her work was previously exhibited at The Gallery at Hillside Square (invitational) in the Hillside Square Hallway Gallery, a self-curated feature in the corridor of the Bravitas Group's "green" office building, Montclair, New Jersey (2014). Other honors include: Viewpoints Invitational Art Exhibition presented by the Hunterdon County Cultural and Heritage Commission (2013); Philadelphia’s Art in City Hall 2013: Library of Life, in collaboration with the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University; Abstraction Revisited at New Hope Art Center, and In My View, a three-person exhibition at Trenton City Museum. In 2012 she was invited for a two-person show at The Gallery at Mercer County Community College. Her artwork is held in the permanent collection of The College of New Jersey, Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission, BARC Developmental Services, and the Family Service Association of Bucks County. It has been recognized with awards from the Hunterdon County Cultural and Heritage Commission, Phillips Mill, Ellarslie Open IX, Golden Key Art International, and others. Moonan is included in Doris Brande’s book, Artists of the River Towns.
Her work is held in the permanent collection of The College of New Jersey, the Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission, BARC Developmental Services, and the Family Service Association of Bucks County. It has been recognized with awards from the Hunterdon County Cultural and Heritage Commission, Phillips Mill, Ellarslie Open IX, Golden Key Art International, and others.
Since retiring from The College in 2007, she is occupied full-time with painting and exhibiting. She and her husband live on a hillside in Stockton overlooking the hills of Pennsylvania. They have three sons, a daughter, and six grandchildren. Music remains a powerful influence on her work.