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Woman to Watch: Lisa Russell

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President and Owner, West Chelsea Contemporary

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Lisa Russell was born in the small border town of Nogales, Arizona, and raised in Beverly Hills, California. She grew up surrounded by beautiful things. Her mother was an interior designer, her father an art collector and her grandmother an artist. After moving to Austin in 2002, she found the perfect alliance in business and art when she decided to open Russell Collection Fine Art Gallery with the help of an art mentor. In 2003, New York Times called the Russell Collection “Austin’s most exclusive gallery,” which has featured works by artists such as Picasso, Matisse, Chagall and many more.

Over the last ten years, the brand has transitioned to West Chelsea Contemporary featuring exclusively contemporary works. When she isn’t running day-to-day operations of the gallery, she spends time with her husband and two children. Russell was a finalist in Austin Business Journal’s Women of Influence in the 17th Annual Central Texas Profiles in Power.

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