A native New Yorker, Florence Kent was raised in the Bronx and spent her life in the city, beginning with an education at Cooper Union School of Art and the New School for Social Research. The daughter of Jewish immigrants from Poland, Kent was highly dedicated to social reform. She was influential in organizing The Artists' Union and was involved in the artists division of the government-funded Works Progess Administration (WPA), through which she taught art in settlement houses. Kent was also involved in the Federal Art Project within the graphic arts division; these programs allowed her not only to help others, but also to support herself as an artist during the Great Depression. Known for prints of the New York cityscape, the artist signed her name "Kent" despite her legal name being “Hunter” to avoid the stigmas of working alongside her husband.