26th Annual ARTS Awards Judges Announced

ARTS Awards 2015DALLAS-The six judges for January's 26th annual ARTS Awards have been announced by ART and Dallas Market Center, co-founder and producer of the ARTS Awards: Patti Carpenter, Michael Di Paulo, Ann Fox, Snoa Garrigan, Moira Gavin and Susan Inglis.

Carpenter is the award-winning creative director for Carpenter + Company and has extensive experience in product design and development, merchandising and color and trend forecasting. She works with companies where she designs, develops and sources several private-label programs, from sketch to merchandise, for clients including Bloomingdale's, Crate & Barrel, Neiman Marcus, Sferra and Ralph Lauren.

Di Paulo spent the first half of his professional career as partner and creative director for an internationally known apparel firm. In 1994, Di Paulo transitioned to the home decor industry and co-founded Rollo Inc., the umbrella corporation for four high-end retail concepts.

Fox is a long-time retailer, interior designer, store consultant and product designer. After working with Polo Ralph Lauren opening the first Ralph Lauren Home stores in the Southwest, Fox opened Room Service by Ann Fox in Dallas in 1987. The store was open for more than 20 years and received the 2003 ARTS Award in the specialty store category. She now runs Ann Fox Design, a design and consulting firm.

Garrigan is the executive director of the Interior Design Society (IDS), a non-profit membership association. In her six years at IDS, Garrigan has served as benefits coordinator, chapter coordinator, business/office manager before becoming executive director in January 2012.

Gavin is the former CEO of Wedgwood and Royal Doulton. She was responsible for worldwide operations including sales, marketing, design and product development. During her tenure at Wedgwood, she oversaw partnerships with Vera Wang, Barbara Barry, Emeril Lagasse, Gordon Ramsay and numerous other collaborations. Prior to joining the Waterford Wedgwood Group, Gavin held executive roles at Lenox and numerous other retailers in the home industry.

Inglis will continue as the judge of the Green Award, which recognizes excellence in sustainable manufacturing practices and standards. She has served as executive director of the Sustainable Furnishings Council since 2008 and also has a small business, From The Mountain, working with artisans around the world to introduce their skills and products to new markets. She has worked in 19 countries and on five continents providing services ranging from identifying procedures for ensuring the sustainability of a natural resource base to market-led product development.

The judging panel will select winners in 24 different categories. The awards will be presented during a gala on Friday, Jan. 16, 2015 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel, during the Dallas Total Home & Gift Market.