Dallas Market Center, ART Announce ARTS Awards Judges, John Gidding as Market's First Headliner
August 14, 2012 - 8:42am
ARTS Awards judges include Melanie Belew, Cheryl Holland-Bridges, Jena Hall, Susan Inglis, Leslie Newsom Rascoe and Ignaz M. Gorischek; John Gidding will also present at the ARTS Awards gala.

Dallas Market Center and ART announced the judges for the 24th annual ARTS Awards, as well as the Market's first headliner: HGTV's John Gidding.


This distinguished judging panel will select winners in 23 different categories. The awards will be presented during a gala event on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at the Hilton Anatole Hotel. The ARTS Awards is the premier awards program for the home industry and is held each January during the Dallas Total Home & Gift Market. The judges are Melanie Belew, Cheryl Holland-Bridges, Jena Hall, Susan Inglis, Leslie Newsom Rascoe and Ignaz M. Gorischek.

Melanie Belew

Belew is returning as a judge for the second year in a row. She has more than 20 years experience in both residential and commercial design, and has created a broad spectrum of interiors ranging from classical to contemporary. After working as a designer in Gabbert’s design studio, Belew has been self-employed and practicing interior design for the last 10 years for Belew Design Studio. She attended the University of North Texas, and is licensed in the state of Texas as an interior designer.

Cheryl Holland-Bridges

Holland-Bridges is director of the Center for Retailing Studies and executive professor of marketing at Texas A&M’s May Business School. She received the Texas A&M University Distinguished Achievement Award for Teaching in 2012. Holland-Bridges has spent more than 25 years as a senior executive in the retailing industry. Throughout her career, she was commended for her expertise in creative merchandising and product development and training of future executives. She was named Distinguished Alumnae of Texas Women’s University in 1987.

Jena Hall

Hall is president and CEO of Jena Hall Associates, one of the most recognized names in the home furnishings industry. She consults and designs for HGTV Home Furniture and other clients. Many major home furnishings brands have benefited from Hall’s diversified knowledge and expertise in the fields of consumer product design, merchandising and marketing. She has accomplished an array of industry achievements spanning more than three decades and has award-winning furniture designs. She is a recent inductee as a fellow in the Furniture Hall of Fame.

Susan Inglis

Inglis will continue as the judge of the Green Award, which recognizes excellence in sustainable manufacturing practices and standards. She has more than 20 years experience as a producer, importer, sourcing agent and broker in the home furnishings, fashion and gift industries. She has worked in 19 countries on five continents providing services ranging from identifying procedures for ensuring the sustainability of a natural resource base to market-led product development.

Leslie Newsom Rascoe

Rascoe helped launch VERANDA in 1987 with VERANDA’s founder, Lisa Newsom. For 25 years she has held various editorial positions including fine arts editor and decoration and design editor. Rascoe has an extensive background in art with degrees from Colgate University and University of Georgia. She completed the Sotheby's Decorative Art Education program in London as well as postgraduate study of art and design in Europe and Southeast Asia.

Ignaz M. Gorischek

Gorischek is vice president of store development at Neiman Marcus where his role entails store planning, store design, visual planning and a corporate design studio. He has many years of experience with creative merchandising, visual styling, managing and directing in multiple areas of the country and for a number of retail stores such as Burdines and a specialty jeweler. He’s been with Neiman Marcus for more than 20 years practicing his creativity and leadership skills focusing on high-end business.

The ARTS Awards finalists will soon be announced.

John Gidding

HGTV’s John Gidding is the first headliner to be announced for the Dallas Total Home & Gift Market, Jan. 16-22, 2013. In addition to making an appearance and speaking at Market, Gidding will present at the annual ARTS Awards gala, the premier awards program for the home industry, on Saturday, Jan. 19.

“We’re elated to welcome John Gidding to Market in January,” said Cindy Morris, COO, Dallas Market Center. “His breadth of experience in interior design is impressive, and we can’t wait for John to share his insights with our buyers.”

“The ART community is engaging and dynamic, and it’s an honor and a thrill to be presenting to my fellow designers at Market,” said Gidding. “I’m looking forward to meeting the buyers and designers, talking with them about projects and trends as well as celebrating the achievements in the industry at the ARTS Awards gala.”

Born in Istanbul, John attended American schools in Turkey and Switzerland before Yale University, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in architecture. He also earned a master’s degree in architecture from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. John enjoys design projects ranging from residential and institutional architecture to landscape and urban design.

On HGTV’s Curb Appeal: The Block, John and other experts overhaul one home’s exterior with a makeover making it the envy of the block. Then, they make their way up and down the street to repaint front doors, add window boxes, and provide smaller-scale makeovers that increase the value of the entire block. Curb Appeal: The Block airs on HGTV on Saturdays at 5:30 p.m. EDT and 4:30 p.m. CDT.

On Saturday, Jan. 19 John will speak in the World Trade Center Hall of Nations as well as present at the evening’s ARTS Awards.

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