Jeffrey Taylor, Ph.D.
MGES Program Director
Jeffrey Taylor traveled to Eastern Europe in 1990 to be part of the first Peace Corps contingent in Hungary, in fact the first to ever serve in Europe. In 1996 he founded his business to provide fine art shipping services to the growing art market in Budapest. His clients, however, needed more than just transportation services: they needed an expert to guide them through the pitfalls and dangers of the highly unregulated international art market. Therefore, he founded his advisory firm, Taylor Art Services, to meet the needs of collectors and the Trade. He holds Hungarian state appraisers licenses in Antique Furniture and Oriental Carpets, and is a Certified Appraiser of Impressionist and Modern Paintings, Watercolors, Drawings, and Sculpture (the highest level of authority that an appraiser can achieve) with the Appraisers Association of America. Dr. Taylor earned his PhD. in Comparative History at the Central European University in 2011. His dissertation on the history of the Hungarian art market was published by Helena History Press in 2014 as: In Search of the Budapest Secession: The Artist Proletariat and Modernism's Rise on the Hungarian Art Market, 1800-1914. At Western Colorado University he teaches courses on the art market, curatorship, connoisseurship, and art forensics. He was the 2016 Leon Levy Fellow at the Center for the History of Collecting at the Frick Collection. In 2017, he published his second book: Visual Arts Management, as part of Routledge's arts management series, Mastering Management in Creative and Cultural Industries. Dr. Taylor is an internationally recognized expert on the art market and its problems. He has frequently spoken and published on the problem of art forgery. He has lectured at INTERPOL headquarters in Lyon, France, and his press appearances include: The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, 60 Minutes, New York Times, CBC Radio, The Village Voice, FoxCT, CoDesign, Artsy, ArtGuide East, and New Republic.