The Importance of Mentors
Chrissy Crawford | Art Advisor + Entrepreneur

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With more and more affordable options opening for young people starting an art collection, more and more affordable options for art buying are becoming available. Meet ArtStar, an online art gallery that offers art lovers the chance to collect museum quality, limited edition fine art prints by some of the best contemporary artists working today for a low cost, with the help of your own online advisor.

Chrissy Crawford, ArtStar founder, did some soul searching 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 a collecting an unfortunate barrier to entry for young people, ArtStar was born.

In her 20to30 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.


Chrissy Crawford is a New York-based art advisor who runs two scuessful online art galleries, ArtStar and Little Collector.

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 Chrissy’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. is an online art gallery that offers limited edition fine art prints by leading contemporary artists.

Chrissy 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.

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I think mentors are incredibly valuable. I have a very close friend… I have a couple of them who have launched… one of them has sold very successful startups… one of them recently IPO’d. They have given me amazing, amazing advice. They really know their stuff.

And I think don’t be shy to reach out when you don’t understand something, and be very open to feedback and criticism. It’s not personal; it just makes you better.

And then I have some mentors who are different generation. And in the beginning, I’d push back and think they just don’t understand tech. But they have consistently been right in everything they’ve said. And now, I value their feedback greatly.

I think I’m very good at knowing my own strengths and weaknesses and trying to find people who compliment me and then trusting them fully to do their job. So areas where I am strong, I will find someone to compliment me with the tech, and we’ve been very lucky there.

I still can’t tweet, and I barely know how to use Photoshop. But, I’ve learned it very quickly. And it’s sort of the joke in the office.

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Cinematography: Danielle Calodney

Edited By: Mert Erdman

Interviewed By: Laura Lehmann

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