Staff Bios

The people behind Hang Art are as important as the art we display. Find out what makes us tick.


Suave Piero Piero Spadaro

A native San Franciscan, Piero first joined Hang Art in 2003 as an intern and eventually worked his way up the ranks to Director. He has a passion for finding new talent and identifying the tipping points of artists' careers. Piero practices what Hang Art preaches by actively collecting contemporary artworks with a focus on artists from the San Francisco Bay Area. Piero studied general fine art and art history at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), where he earned his B.F.A. and maintains an active studio practice.
 
Master Chef Erica Schulz

Erica came to Hang Art in 2007, bringing mad skills from her prior career in corporate interiors project management. Erica is your go-to for Hang Art's corporate consulting program or if you're trying to find the perfect artwork for your space. Not all design, Erica captured her love of art when she lived in Florence, Italy in the midst of earning a B.A. in art history from the University of Texas. You will often find her visiting artists' studios and keeping the gallery running smoothly, without neglecting her side business in cheese tasting.
 
Leslie Lacey Haslam

After falling in love with San Francisco while on a trip to visit a friend, Lacey made the move from Asheville, North Carolina to the Bay Area in 2007. Steeped in the art world, Lacey holds an M.F.A. from the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI) and a B.F.A. from the University of North Carolina at Asheville. She continues to further her art practice during the week and holds down the fort at Hang Art on the weekends. With an ever so slight Southern twang, Lacey also handles event rentals at Hang Art.
 
Shake and Bake Ahmed Shaikh

Artwork doesn't walk out of the gallery without leaving a paper trail behind it. As our resident Bookkeeper, Ahmed ensures that we cross our i's and dot our t's. A native San Franciscan, Ahmed received his B.S. in marketing from San Francisco State University. He speaks several languages and has traveled extensively. Favorite museums include London's British Museum, The Met in New York City, and (of course) our very own SFMOMA. Ahmed's passion for all things local make him a great resource for those exploring the unique corners of the city.
 
Canvas the Dog Canvas

Canvas joined Hang Art fresh off a family ranch in Santa Rosa in 2012. Piero's golden doodle proudly follows in the footsteps of previous Hang Art pet ambassadors with a regular shift in gallery. Do not be too surprised if you see her romping around Hang Art. She loves visitors and is sure to give you a warm, bellowing welcome on your next visit. If you are more of a cat person (or just donít like dogs), we can be sure Canvas is tucked away in the back too.