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We are an art consulting firm.
Connecting clients with artists since 1980.

Lauren Harkey


Lauren Harkey, a Charlotte native, is the Owner of Hodges Taylor, serving as the primary client contact, steering ideation, leading projects, and crafting art experiences that spark conversation for clients both locally and nationally.

With a B.A. in Art History and Psychology, and a law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as well as a Masters of Letters in Modern and Contemporary Art, Lauren brings a unique blend of expertise to art consultancy.

Actively engaged in the Charlotte arts scene, Lauren chairs the Craft, Design, + Fashion Collections Board and serves on the Board of Trustees of the Mint Museum. She also currently chairs the City of Charlotte’s Public Art Commission and serves on the Arts + Science Council Board of Directors. Additionally, Lauren leads Charlotte Center City Partners’ South End Board Committee.

Susan Jedrzejewski


Susan Jedrzejewski brings over fifteen years of experience collaborating with artists and organizations. In her role, Susan seamlessly navigates research, presentation preparation, plan visualizations, and project management. Susan’s tactical approach and artist liaison skills enhance the synergy between art and spaces.

Prior to joining Hodges Taylor, Susan held influential roles, including Co-Director of Goodyear Arts and Director of the Innovation Institute and New Initiatives at McColl Center for Art + Innovation. With an MBA in Leadership from Queens University of Charlotte and a BA in studio art from UNC Charlotte, Susan embodies a commitment to integrating creativity into every facet of her work.

Susan Jedrzejewski

Our Story

Hodges Taylor, Charlotte’s longest-running commercial art business, began as Hodges Taylor Gallery in 1980 as a partnership between Dot Hodges and Christie Taylor. Through Dot and Christie’s leadership, Hodges Taylor earned a reputation as a successful and respected contemporary art gallery, with a focus on promoting Southeastern artists in a range of mediums, as well as a trusted art consulting firm. Dot and Christie retired in 2011 and 2018, respectively, and in 2018, Lauren became the sole owner and director after joining Christie as a business partner in 2016.

Today, as a continuation of their nearly forty-five year legacy, Hodges Taylor operates primarily as an art consulting firm, providing a range of services and advising to corporate and individual collectors. Although based in Charlotte, the firm enjoys collaborating with clients and teams on projects across the country.

The creativity that comes with the artwork has a power to it. Whether you can verbalize it or it’s an emotional feeling, I think you gain an insight to a basic integrity that the artist was honoring. We use the word ‘soul’ to describe it.”

Dot Hodges, Co-Founder

We believe that no one person is greater than another in the presence of a work of art.”

Christie Taylor, Co-Founder