As owner and operator of Hot Works fine art and fine crafts shows, Patty Narozny comes to the table with a unique set of qualifications and talent that enable her to judge and jury a high-end art show with an incredibly high level of confidence, skill, and ease. Armed with B.S. in Corporate Finance from Detroit’s Wayne State University (1986), what started as comptroller for Detroit’s alternative art-heavy newsweekly, led her to a sales director position at Detroit’s NBC affiliate, which, in turn, proved to be a pivotal point in Ms. Narozny’s career.
It was at NBC where she learned the fine art of media negotiation, and which, to a large degree, accounts for the extensive media coverage her shows receive on the most limited of budgets. She will routinely run several hundred 30-second professionally-produced spots on the market’s major networks the week of the show, followed by on-site multiple interviews, often by multiple TV and radio stations, in addition to print, social media, banners, posters etc.
She maintains a positive edge on the buy/sell issues so prevalent in today’s art fair world by regularly attending as many wholesale shows as possible, thereby keeping an eye on the forged and fake “art” coming into this country. No one tries harder to keep out the buy/sell than Patty Narozny.
Perhaps her greatest contribution to the industry may very well be her non-profit arm, Institute for the Arts & Education (IA&E), a 501(c)(3) charitable organization whose stated purpose is to “educate and promote Fine Arts and Crafts among all artists and students, of all age groups and diversity, and to the general public.” IA&E’s “Youth Art/Budding Artist” competitions, a major component of all Hot Works’ events, are open to all budding young artists as young as five. Winners receive cash prizes, as well as Hot Works’ well known, gorgeous, 24″, seven-tail, ribbons – the same ribbons given the winners in the professional categories – as well as press coverage. With its separate awards ceremony on Sunday afternoon, to which all Budding Artist participants and their families are invited, Ms. Narozny again re-confirms her commitment to the arts in America and to those she serves with her diligence, integrity, and her never-ending goal of doing whatever she can to facilitate the independent artists’ ability to sell their art directly to the patron and collector at her shows. She is a one-of-a-kind in the world of art fairs. Ms. Narozny and her husband, both avid gardeners, reside in White Lake, Michigan.