30th Annual ARTS Awards Judges Announced

DALLAS – Sept. 12, 2018 - Dallas Market Center and ART, the creative home furnishings network, have announced the judges for the 30th Annual ARTS Awards taking place on Friday, January 18, 2019. The esteemed judging panel will select winners from digital submissions that vary based upon category and may consist of product development, marketing, merchandising, company differentiation examples, or professional information.

In November, the judges will convene in Dallas for two days to review each individual or company submission. Once all components of judging are complete, a designated accounting firm tabulates and secures the scores until the winners are announced for the first time at the ARTS Awards gala.

The 30th Annual ARTS Awards Judges are:

Beatriz Ball - Beatriz Ball Collection

Beatriz Ball grew up in Mexico where she began collaborating with local metal artisans as they transitioned from working with high-priced silver to a new and durable metal alloy. Based in New Orleans, Beatriz operates an eponymous tableware company and maintains her own foundry in Mexico. Her acclaimed products, including items in metal, wood, melamine, glass, acrylic and linen, are available in over 1500 independently owned shops, as well as Neiman Marcus, Harrods and Selfridges, and through her company website. A five-time winner of the ARTS Award in the Tabletop category, her products were chosen as one of Oprah’s Favorite Things in 2017.

Beth Krupa - Beth Krupa Interiors

Beth Krupa Interiors is an award-winning interior design firm whose mission is to provide high end collaborative experiences with her valued and respected residential and commercial clientele. Beth and her team rely on experience, expertise, and impeccable integrity to complete projects on time and on budget with consistently strong results. Beth’s life and experiences living in London, India, Hong Kong and New York City continue to influence her firm’s design. To Beth and her team, great style is all about editing well, which is true in fashion where she worked as a buyer for years with Bergdorf Goodman, Henri Bendel and Calvin Klein. Beth and her team work out of Old Greenwich, Connecticut.

Connie Lineberry - Connie Lineberry & Associates

Connie Lineberry’s career in publishing began with Knight Ridder newspapers, followed by stints with Landmark Newspapers and Gannett. Lineberry was hired by Steve Pond, founding publisher of Furniture Today in 1981 to launch the marketing services department. Over the years, Lineberry has worked as a marketing executive in partnership with countless furniture and home accent companies to help develop advertising and marketing content for a range of industry publications. She served as the publisher of Home Accents Today on two separate occasions, as vice president of marketing, and as executive vice president of creative brand services. Today she runs a successful consulting practice that advises a range of home furnishing companies on industry best practices, including product development and marketing.

Patti Carpenter - carpenter + company

Patti is principal of carpenter + company and an award winning Creative Director in globally sourced home accents, personal accessories and gifts, with extensive experience in product design and development, merchandising, and color + trend forecasting. Patti received U.S. Presidential recognition for her domestic and international expertise in artisan development, entrepreneur training, and economic development. She was successful in international sourcing and creating innovative products for her internationally-sold, eponymous home textiles brand, carpenter + company. Additionally, Carpenter has designed, sourced and created strong private label collections for brands including Bloomingdale’s, Crate & Barrel and ABC Carpet & Home. She has worked in 56 countries and has spoken on Color + Trend around the globe. Patti is a trend consultant with Pantone and the Global Trend Ambassador for Maison & Objet in America and Paris.

Rhonda Reinhart - Modern Luxury Interiors Texas

Rhonda Reinhart is the editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors Texas, a luxury shelter magazine focused on high-end architecture and interior design across the state. She has a degree in journalism from Texas A&M University and was previously managing editor of D Home and D Weddings in Dallas. In her spare time, Rhonda enjoys perusing online real estate listings and hopes to be a home stager in her next life.

Susan Inglis - Sustainable Furnishings Council

Susan Inglis, executive director of Sustainable Furnishings Council and founder of From the Mountain, has over 25 years of experience working with artisans and promoting sustainable manufacturing in the home furnishings, fashion, and gift industries. Under Inglis’ direction, SFC has gained national attention and brought the organization widespread recognition as the primary source for verified sustainable home furnishings. She received the 2009 WithIt WOW Award for Education. Inglis exclusively serves as the Green Award judge and reviews only the manufacturing finalists’ submissions.

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, Furniture, Lighting & Décor, and Sustainable Furnishings Council.

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, 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 www.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 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, Green, and more. Anyone in the industry can nominate including manufacturers, retailers, sales representatives, designers, suppliers, consultants and other industry professionals. Companies that have won an ARTS Award five times are inducted into the Hall of Fame. Hall of Fame members are: Arteriors Home, Beatriz Ball, Bella Casa, BJ’s Home Accents, C.S. Wo & Sons, Distinctive Designs International Inc., Feizy Rugs, Fine Art Lamps, Global Views, Loloi Rugs, Montaage, Natural Decorations Inc., PALECEK, Paragon, Phillips Collection, Robb & Stucky, Schonbek Worldwide Lighting, Seasonal Living, and Vietri. The ARTS Awards website is available at dallasmarketcenter.com/artsawards.