25th Annual ARTS Awards Judges Announced

Dallas Market Center, ARTS Call for Awards NominationsDALLAS–Dallas Market Center and ART, the creative home furnishings network, have announced the judges for the 25th annual ARTS Awards: Ronda Rice Carman, Ignaz M. Gorischek, Nancy Kwallek, Kris Lindsey and Gale C. Steves.

Carman  is the founder of “All the Best Blog” and author of  Designers  at Home: Personal Reflections on Stylish Living (Rizzoli). “All the Best Blog” is known for its insightful interviews and profiles with industry icons, entrepreneurs and global tastemakers. Gorischek, returning as a judge for the second year in a row, is vice president of store development at Neiman Marcus where his role entails store planning, store design, visual planning and a  corporate design studio.

Kwallek is the director of the interior design program at the School of Architecture at The University of Texas at Austin. Lindsey grew up in the home furnishing industry, working with award-winning designer and entrepreneur Carolyn Kinder. During her 30-year tenure, she functioned in almost every administrative capacity, being named president and COO of Kinder-Harris, a high-end wall art, lamp and accessory manufacturer. She also served as treasurer of ART for 10 years. Steves is the creator of a home industries consulting company, Open House Productions, helping clients with special projects including strategic product positioning, branding, line extension development and more based on her years of experience working with manufacturers, retailers and consumers.

The ARTS Awards will be presented during a gala event on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, during the Dallas Total Home & Gift Market. The judging panel will select winners in 24 different categories.