Hartshorn previously taught courses in graphic design and fine arts at University of Massachusetts Lowell, The Art Institute of Boston, Newbury College, and Massachusetts College of Art and Design. He holds both an MFA (multidisciplinary forms and works on paper, 2008) and a BFA (graphic design, 1992) from the Art Institute of Boston /Lesley University.
Hartshorn’s teaching is grounded in 18 years of professional experience co-founding and managing a graphic design and communications firm, Paratore Hartshorn Communications, which was later acquired by Gearon Hoffman Advertising, Boston, in 2001. His roles on a variety of projects have covered a range: art director, senior graphic designer, director, and producer supervising the development of integrated design/marketing strategies using the web, print, video and film. His regional and national clients have included National Geographic, Converse, IBM, Oracle, The Museum of Science (Boston), CFO Magazine, Bank Boston, and Sovereign Bank. In addition to his full-time teaching, Hartshorn continues to consult as a freelance art director, specializing in design strategy, branding and advertising.
An exhibiting artist, Hartshorn creates multidisciplinary installation, sculpture and works on paper exploring and critiquing art and design technology and ideology in contemporary culture. In the past he has exhibited work in the following selected venues: “Materiality” Dugan Gallery, The University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, MA 2010. “Writhing Forms” Good Question Gallery, Milford, PA 2009. “Reused Repurposed Reinvented” Bunker Hill Community College, Boston, MA 2008. Thomas E. Hanley Art Gallery, Falmouth, MA 2009. Cape Cod Museum of Art, Juried Exhibition, Gladys Winn Dorfman Fine Print Exhibition, Dennis, MA 2007.