The Dallas Market Center has announced that the original founders of ART, the creative home furnishings network, will receive the Academy of Achievement award at the 25th annual International ARTS Awards. The founders include Gil Bailie, Eric Bauer, Ralph Chancey, Henry Goldman, and Harvey Hollingsworth.
“To commemorate 25 years of the awards program and 28 years of the ART organization, we’re proud to honor the visionaries who gave a voice to the home furnishings industry,” says Bill Winsor, president and CEO of Dallas Market Center. “The founders made an instrumental contribution to the industry and we applaud and thank them.”
The ARTS Awards, presented each January during the Dallas Total Home & Gift Market, recognizes top manufacturers, retailers, product designers, and sales representatives in 26 categories. The 25th annual ARTS winners will be revealed during a gala event on Saturday, January 18, 2014. The Academy of Achievement honor is bestowed each year to recognize companies/individuals that have made significant contributions to the industry.
The honorees are: Gil Bailie, primary founder and inaugural president of ART; Eric Bauer, founder, former treasurer, president, and chairman of the association’s first education committee; Ralph Chancey, former chairman of the ARTS Awards and Dallas Market Center liaison; Henry Goldman, founder and former treasurer for more than 10 years; and Harvey Hollingsworth, founder and past president.
The 25th annual ARTS Awards are sponsored by enLIGHTenment magazine plus other trade publications as well as the Sustainable Furnishings Council.