Willis “Buzz” Hartshorn joined the ICP staff in 1982 and has held numerous positions, including Coordinator of Traveling Exhibitions, Director of Exhibitions and Deputy Director for Programs, before being named Director in 1994. He studied at the University of Rochester and received his MFA in Photographic Studies from the Visual Studies Workshop/SUNY Buffalo.
He was a curatorial assistant at the International Museum of Photography/George Eastman House, Rochester, before starting his career at ICP. His photographs have been shown in individual and group exhibitions since 1973, and he has been the recipient of two NEA photography fellowships. Among the major exhibitions he has curated for ICP are Czech Modernism: 1918-1945 (with the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1989); Annie Leibovitz: Photographs 1970-1990 (with The National Portrait Gallery,Smithsonian Institution,Washington,D.C.);Man Ray/BazaarYears:A Retrospective (1990); and 11 exhibitions in the “New Directions” series, including Two to Tango: Collaboration in Recent American Photography and Art & Advertising: Commercial Photography by Artists. For more than a decade, he taught at all levels of ICP’s education program.
He has been on the Vera List Center Advisory Committee of the New School, and on the Board of the Museum Association of New York (MANY.)He is a long-standing member of the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD.)