24667 Cedar Road
Cleveland, OH 44124
Hours of Operation
|Monday - Saturday||10 am – 8 pm|
|Sunday||12 pm – 6 pm|
1501 Euclid Avenue, Suite 112
Cleveland, Ohio 44115
*The Playhouse Square Gallery is currently
open during select performances and by
Please call in advance.
Founded in 1999, Contessa Gallery offers artworks of exceedingly high quality as well as art acquisition counsel to collectors, museums and institutions. Contessa Gallery is driven by three main principles: passion, integrity and education. Our area of expertise encompasses pre-twentieth century, Modern and Contemporary sculpture, paintings, and works on paper. Coupled with a strong commitment to service and connoisseurship, Contessa Gallery has developed a notable local, national, and international following and a reputation for integrity and excellence.
While many galleries focus primarily upon artist representation and promotion, Contessa Gallery is collector oriented. Our mission is to assist clients in developing collections that have deep personal meaning. Contessa Gallery encourages its clients to view their collections as a legacy to be passed down through generations of family or to museums.
The gallery continues to expand its clientele and reputation through its participation in art fairs such as The Armory Show – Modern, and Art Miami. At the philanthropic level, Contessa Gallery seeks to make a difference in the community through the contribution of time, expertise, sponsorship and educational programming for museums and arts organizations.
Steven Hartman is the owner and founder of The Contessa Gallery in Cleveland.
The Contessa Gallery has two locations – one at Legacy Village and the other in Playhouse Square.
Mr. Hartman began collecting art in his early twenties, and after a very successful career as an investment advisor and Vice-President of UBS/PaineWebber he opened The Contessa Gallery to fulfill his dream of becoming a fine art dealer. Mr. Hartman has won several art industry awards, and is on the Editorial Advisory Board of Art World News Magazine.
Mr. Hartman has served on the boards of numerous charitable organizations and privately held companies. He is a University of Michigan graduate, a recipient of the prestigious “40 under 40” award by Crains Cleveland Business, and is a graduate of the Wexner Heritage Leadership
Mr. Hartman and The Contessa Gallery were also the presenting sponsor of the Louise Bourgeois “Spiders” sculptures in Cleveland. He is an avid art collector who is fueled by his passion for art.
Karen Tscherne is the co-owner and co-founder of Contessa Gallery in Cleveland. She has led a very interesting life. From an early age she went to live and study art in Europe. This led to her early independence, cultural sophistication, and multilingual skills.
After a highly successful career as an award winning executive in the fragrance and cosmetic industry, she co- founded Contessa Gallery. Ms. Tscherne is a Case Western Reserve University graduate. She has traveled extensively, and is an avid art collector.
Contessa Gallery strives to serve the community with its philanthropic efforts. We have given major support to:
Cleveland Public Art:
Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA):
Akron Art Museum:
The Human Fund:
Playhouse Square Foundation:
Additional Support Given To: