The Importance of Travel In Your 20s
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 traveling in your 20’s is incredibly important. I think it’s one of the only times where you’re going to travel as a local, if that makes sense, because you’re staying hostels; you’re travelling cheaply; you’re eating at places where the locals eat; you’re riding on busses, subways. You have enough time to really experience it and really travel and live that culture and make local friends.

My favorite places that I’ve traveled… definitely South America, hands down. It was fun; people were nice, they’re friendly. It’s beautiful. So, it was still sort of wild and untamed, and I love that. I always felt safe, and I loved it. I had a great time. It was also a perfect mix of athletic activities, outdoors and city.

We stayed in places that were 2 dollars a night, we had a rental Jeep, which Argentina at the time had the worst potholes of any country I’ve ever been to. Unbelievable driving there.

And we picked up an Engish carny, who was a hitchhiker who stayed and traveled with us for like 3 days until we lost him somewhere in Argentina. We found more exciting people to hang out with.

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Cinematography: Danielle Calodney

Edited By: Mert Erdman

Interviewed By: Laura Lehmann

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