Hodges Taylor Art Consultancy, Charlotte’s longest-running commercial art business, began as Hodges Taylor Gallery in 1980 as a partnership between Dot Hodges and Christie Taylor. Hodges Taylor started with a phone call. Christie had managed a Charlotte gallery and admired Dot as a member of the community who avidly supported regional artists, so Christie called Dot to pitch the idea of teaming up to promote selected Southeastern artists. Each brought a group of artists to the partnership, and Hodges Taylor was born. For over 30 years, Hodges Taylor served as a successful and respected contemporary art gallery and consulting firm.
In 2011, Hodges Taylor Art Consultancy moved to our current home at Dilworth Artisan Station in South End. At the same time the business focus shifted to client-based consulting, but remained dedicated to supporting Southeastern artists by placing their artwork in public and private collections. In 2016, Lauren Harkey joined Christie as a partner, with Dot remaining as an advisor. Lauren’s background and passion for contemporary art made her a perfect fit for Hodges Taylor’s client-based philosophy. Today, Hodges Taylor continues to be an art consulting firm and curates exhibitions in our office and gallery space.
As an owner of Hodges Taylor for 37 years, Christie Taylor has earned well-deserved recognition for dedication in visual arts, business entrepreneurship, and community service. After receiving a B.A. in Art from Queens College in Charlotte and attending the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art in Philadelphia, Christie managed Art Gallery Originals in Winston-Salem. She then managed McNeal Gallery in Charlotte. Starting in 1980, she and Dot Hodges co-owned Hodges Taylor Gallery until 2010. Taylor was owner of Hodges Taylor Art Consultancy through December 2015.
In 1989, Christie curated Nine from North Carolina, an exhibition at the National Museum for Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C., which subsequently toured North Carolina for twelve months. She has served on the Boards of The Founders Circle, Mint Museum of Craft + Design, Habitat for Humanity, Central Charlotte YWCA of Central Carolinas, Woman Executives, Community School of the Arts, The Light Factory (President), and Charlotte Chamber Music (President). Taylor was awarded the 2005 Business Woman of the Year sponsored by Wachovia Bank and Queens University of Charlotte. She was also awarded a 1999 Business Journal’s Women in Business Achievement Award.
Lauren Harkey, a Charlotte native, earned a B.A. with distinction in Art History and Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After graduation, Lauren interned with Carla Hanzal, the former Curator of Contemporary Art at The Mint Museum and the current Vice President of Public Art for The Arts and Science Council. Lauren earned her Masters of Letters in Modern and Contemporary Art with distinction from the University of Glasgow in association with Christie’s Education in London, England, and her thesis was entitled Common Borders: The Contingent Subject in Contemporary Art.
Lauren graduated cum laude from the University of North Carolina School of Law in 2014 and is licensed to practice law in North Carolina. In law school, Lauren won a national writing competition for her art law independent study paper entitled Copyright’s Identity Crisis in the Reflection of Contemporary Art. Since returning to Charlotte after her graduate work, Lauren has been actively involved in the arts community. Lauren currently serves as President of the Board of the Young Affiliates of the Mint Museum and as a member of the Craft, Design, & Fashion Collections Board of the Mint Museum.