DALLAS – May 22, 2017– Dallas Market Center and ART, the creative home furnishings network, today announced updates to the judging process for the ARTS Awards, the premier international awards program dedicated to home industry excellence and achievement in retailing, manufacturing, design, and sales representation. The ARTS Awards, presented each January during the Dallas Total Home & Gift Market, celebrate leaders and innovators across the industry.
Updates beginning with the 30th anniversary edition of the awards include a streamlined and simpler submission process via a new online platform that is expected to be easier for all finalists and that will save them time. The submissions will be a combination question-and-answer format with more visual examples and will ensure that all companies, regardless of size, have the same format and style of presentation thus creating the fairest possible competition.
“The new requirements will be presented in a character-limited narrative with supporting images as a separate upload, thereby eliminating the graphic design competition and allowing for companies to present their information to the judges in a level playing field,” said Sharon Davis, executive director of ART.
“We believe this new process will save the finalists time and will encourage participation by companies at all levels,” said Dallas Market Center president and CEO Cindy Morris. “This new process will furthermore help the judges evaluate each submission quickly and without the distraction of the heavily designed pages previously required.”
Nominations for the 30th annual ARTS Awards are now open at www.dallasmarketcenter.com/ArtsAwards through June 27, 2018 in the following categories:
•Designer (Interior and Product)
•Academy of Achievement
Sponsors for the 30th annual ARTS Awards include Designers Today, enLIGHTenment, Furniture Today, Gifts & Decorative Accessories, Giftware News, Home Accents Today, Home Furnishings News, Home Textiles Today, Interior Design Society, Lighting & Décor, and Sustainable Furnishings Council.
ART is the creative home furnishings network representing manufacturers, retailers, representatives and other individuals and companies interested in promoting and enhancing the market position of the home furnishings industry. Each year ART sponsors programs such as the ART conference, regional educational seminars, the ART card, and the ARTS Awards. The ART website is available at www.accessoriesresourceteam.org.
About the ARTS Awards
The ARTS Awards is the premier international awards program dedicated to the home industry. Up to 28 categories exist under the headings Manufacturer, Retailer, Product Designer, Interior Designer, Sales Representative, Green, and other specialty honors. Anyone in the industry can nominate including manufacturers, retailers, sales representatives, designers, suppliers, consultants, and other industry officials. Companies that have won an ARTS Award five times are inducted into the Hall of Fame. Current Hall of Fame members are: Arteriors Home, Beatriz Ball, BJ’s Home Accents, C.S. Wo & Sons, Distinctive Designs International Inc., Feizy Rugs, Fine Art Lamps, Global Views, Montaage, Natural Decorations Inc., Palecek, Paragon, Robb & Stucky, Schonbek Worldwide Lighting, and Seasonal Living.
About Dallas Market Center
Dallas Market Center is a global business-to-business trade center and the leading wholesale marketplace in North America connecting retailers and interior designers with top manufacturers in home décor, furniture, gifts, lighting and fashion. Inside its dynamic, five million square foot campus near downtown Dallas, nearly 200,000 customers from all 50 states and 85 countries seek industry trends, business education and new products via open-daily showrooms and from exhibitors participating in trade events held throughout the year. The Dallas Market Center website is available at dallasmarketcenter.com.