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ARTS Awards finalists announced

Dallas market center and ART, the creative home furnishings network, announced the 24th annual ARTS Awards finalists. The ARTS Awards is the premier awards program for the home industry and is held each January during the Dallas Total Home & Gift Market (Jan. 16-22, 2013). The awards will be presented during a gala event on Saturday, Jan. 19 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel.
     "Congratulations to the finalists for this year's ARTS Awards," said Bill Winsor, president and CEO, Dallas Market Center. "It's an honor to celebrate the home industry's finest manufacturers, retailers, product designers and sales reps."
     The finalists will submit a digital presentation to a panel of distinguished judges previously announced, including Melanie Belew, interior designer and owner of Belew Design Studio; Cheryl Holland-Bridges, director of the Center for Retailing Studies and executive professor of marketing at Texas A&M's May Business School; Ignaz M. Gorischeck, vice president of store development at Neiman Marcus; Jena Hall, president and CEO of Jena Hall Associates; Leslie Newsom Rascoe, who helped launch Veranda and held various editorial positions including fine arts editor and decoration and design editor; and Susan Inglis, producer, importer, sourcing agent and broker in the home furnishings, fashion and gift industries.
     Digital submissions vary based on category and may consist of company history, philosophy, product development, marketing, merchandising or customer relations. In November, the panel of judges will convene in Dallas for two days to review each individual or company's submission. Once all components of judging are complete, a designated accounting firm will tabulate and secure the scores until the winners are announced in January.
     In previously announced news, the Cooper family of Uttermost will receive the Academy of Achievement Award.
     "For more than 35 years, Uttermost has provided the home and decorative accessories industry with affordable, quality products that speak to the current trends," said Bill Winsor, president and CEO, Dallas Market Center. "The company's continued success speaks volumes to the dedication and hard work of the Cooper family."
     Founded by Bob and Belle Cooper in 1975 and currently led by their son, Mac Cooper, as president, Uttermost manufactures products in a range of categories including accent furniture, mirrors, wall décor, art, lighting, permanent botanicals and more. Uttermost also includes best-selling products from Austin and the entire line of Timeworks clocks.
     The 24th annual ARTS Awards are sponsored by Home Accents Today, Gifts & Decorative Accessories, and other trade media and industry suppliers.

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