Who We Are 2019-06-02T23:34:41+00:00


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. 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 thirty years, Hodges Taylor served as a successful and respected contemporary art gallery and consulting firm in its uptown Charlotte location.

Dot retired in 2011, and around this time Hodges Taylor moved to its current home at Dilworth Artisan Station in South End. Then, in 2016, Lauren Harkey joined Christie as a partner. Lauren’s background and passion for contemporary art made her a perfect fit for Hodges Taylor. Though Christie retired in 2018, she and Dot both still serve as advisors to the firm. For over thirty-eight years Hodges Taylor has enjoyed a reputation as a successful and respected contemporary art gallery and consulting firm, and today Lauren continues that legacy by building upon relationships with our artist partners, clientele, and community.

Left to Right: Dot Hodges, Lauren Harkey, Christie Taylor. Image by Michael Blevins.

LAUREN HARKEY, Owner/Director

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. 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 a member of the Craft, Design, & Fashion Collections Board and the Advancement Committee of the Mint Museum. Additionally, Lauren serves on the Board of Directors for the YWCA of the Central Carolinas, Center City Partners’ South End Board Committee, the Alumni Council of Charlotte Country Day School, and the Goodyear Arts Board.


Collaborating with artists and businesses for more than a decade, Susan brings a passion for the arts and a strong commitment to engaging others in its process to Hodges Taylor. She has over twelve years of experience working in the non-profit arts sector, where she connected art and artists with the community through various roles. As Director of the Innovation Institute and New Initiatives at McColl Center for Art + Innovation, Susan operationalized multiple streams of revenue, developed new lines of business, and worked collaboratively with artists and partners to launch new programs. She has managed educational and outreach programs for Waterworks Visual Arts Center, as well as the Art of Recycling program, a joint venture between Mecklenburg County and the Arts & Science Council. In 2018, Susan co-founded Riff Ideas, a creativity training program for groups, teams, and organizations interested in leveraging their full creative potential. Grounded in arts-based learning, Riff Ideas uses the artist’s creative process as a way to practice and develop creative thinking. Susan earned her MBA in Leadership from Queens University of Charlotte in 2017 and her BA in studio art from UNC Charlotte in 2006.


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