Art Advisor, ArtStar CEO
Chrissy Crawford, ArtStar founder, was a self-proclaimed "lost soul" in her 20s. After college, Crawford headed out west to teach skiing and wait tables, waiting to find her "thing." Harnessing an interest in art stoked while working at a museum in Aspen, Crawford moved to The Big Apple to pursue a masters in Contemporary Art. After finding the high price of collecting an unfortunate barrier to entry for young people, ArtStar was born. In her interview, Crawford tells antics from her 20s and how every decision she made, good or bad, led her to found her own successful e-commerce business.
After earning her master’s degree in International Art Business from Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London, Crawford opened her art advisory business in New York City in 2006.
With the onset of the recession, many of Crawford’s clients were faced with shrinking art budgets. She created a platform that would enable collectors to discover, collect, and live with the best contemporary art without having to hire a private art advisor, travel to art fairs or spend their entire art budget on one work. Thus, ArtStar was born.
ArtStar is an online art gallery that offers limited edition fine art prints by leading contemporary artists.
Crawford also founded Little Collector, which works with leading artists to create contemporary art for kids. Their mission is to engage children with contemporary art from a young age.