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Nominations open for 27th ARTS Awards

New categories and nomination committee process unveiled for the upcoming annual awards at the Art and Dallas Market Centre

ART and Dallas Market Center, co-founder and producer of the ARTS Awards, today announced the call for nominations for the 27th annual ARTS Awards.

The ARTS Awards, presented each January during the Dallas Total Home & Gift Market, is the premier international awards programme dedicated to home industry excellence and achievement in retailing, manufacturing, design, and sales representation.

“We have exciting changes for this year’s ARTS Awards that will continue to set this programme apart as the leading event celebrating the home industry,” said Cindy Morris, COO, Dallas Market Center. “Furniture – Single Store Location and Furniture Store – Multi-Store Location have been added to the Retailer Awards category, as well as a nomination committee who will review and rank the nominations, thus maintaining the integrity of peer nominations and the prestige of the awards. We look forward to the talent that will be represented throughout the ARTS Awards process this year.”

Dallas Market Center and ART also announce the unveiling of a new ARTS Awards webpage with a refreshed layout, mobile optimised content and a detailed outline of the ARTS Awards process.

Now in its 27th year, the ARTS Awards programme seeks to recognise and promote home industry leaders and professionals. In a peer nomination program, industry professionals nominate retailers, manufacturers, designers and sales representatives to compete for the highest honor in the business. Nominations are received online at dallasmarketcenter.com/artsawards from April 1 through June 30, and winners are revealed during a gala event on Friday, Jan. 22, 2016. Neither membership in ART nor representation at Dallas Market Center is necessary to nominate or to be a nominee.

The 27th Annual ARTS Awards categories are:

Manufacturer Awards
Accent Furniture, Area Rugs, Home Accents, Home Textiles, Lamps, Lighting Fixtures, Outdoor Living, Tabletop and Wall Decor

Retailer Awards
Furniture Store, Single Store Location, Furniture Store- Multi-Store Locations, Home Accent Store, International Retailer, Lighting Showroom and Outdoor Lifestyle Store

Specialty Awards
Academy of Achievement, Green Award, Interior Designer, Product Designer, Rising Star and Sales Representative

The 27th annual ARTS Awards are sponsored by enLIGHTenment, FANDECK, Gifts & Decorative Accessories, Giftware News, HFN, Home Accents Today, Home Fashion Forecast, Home & Textiles Today, Lyon Credit Services, Residential Lighting and the Sustainable Furnishings Council.

About Dallas Market Center
Founded in 1957, Dallas Market Center is the world’s most complete wholesale marketplace. Within its marketplace of more than five million square feet, retailers from around the globe source products ranging from home furnishings, gifts, decorative accessories and lighting to textiles, fashion accessories and men's, western, women's and children's apparel. With more than 50 markets each year attended by more than 200,000 retail buyers from all 50 states and 85 countries, Dallas Market Center offers hundreds of events and seminars geared toward helping retailers expand business and increase profits. The Dallas Market Center website is available at dallasmarketcenter.com

About ART
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 27 categories exist under the headings Manufacturer, Retailer, Product Designer, Interior Designer, Sales Representative, Rising Star, Green and Academy of Achievement. Anyone in the industry can nominate including manufacturers, retailers, sales representatives, designers, suppliers, consultants and other industry officials. Academy of Achievement and Rising Star honorees are selected by an ARTS Awards committee each year. Companies that have won an ARTS Award five times are inducted into the Hall of Fame. Hall of Fame members are: 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 and Schonbek Worldwide Lighting



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