Steve Hartman

Steve Hartman

Fine art collecting started out as an interest and became an avocation for Steve Hartman as a teenager.

“I just always enjoyed art,” said Hartman, owner and founder of Contessa Gallery at Legacy Village in Lyndhurst. “It was something that always fascinated me and then evaluating and collecting art evolved into a passion.”

Hartman recently was elected president of the board of directors for the Fine Art Dealers Association.

FADA, a peer invitation-only international organization, is dedicated to promoting the highest measure of expertise and reputation in the dealing and collecting of museum-quality authentic artworks. Membership of the organization is comprised of America’s leading fine art galleries.

Contessa Gallery is one of 37 member galleries. Hartman’s vision for the future of FADA is to elevate its worldwide profile and expand the benefits of membership for the 27-year-old organization.

“I’m thrilled (about) FADA’s transition to a global art network under Steve’s capable leadership,” said FADA executive director Jane Glassman.

Despite his global focus as a businessman, Hartman remains a vocal advocate for his local community.

“The industry has always been dominated by the biggest galleries in New York, London, Paris and L.A.,” he said. “Putting Cleveland and its cultural arts scene in the conversation is very exciting, which is one of the reasons I took on this new opportunity and challenge with FADA.”

Hartman grew up as a member of The Temple-Tifereth-Israel in Beachwood.

He is a graduate of Orange High School in Pepper Pike, the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and the Wexner Leadership Development Program.

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