Global Excellence Awards 2022

17 | Luxlife Magazine Best Art Showcasing Platform Founded and run by artists and art lovers alike, artXibit is changing the way that people view and purchase art in the modern world. We speak to the company’s founder, Debra Strong-Houston, as she is presented with an accolade in the LUX Global Excellence Awards 2022. artXibit is an online art marketplace showcasing diverse styles of work from art galleries across the United States. It is curated and run by art industry professionals whom the artXibit team has selected to form partnerships with. Initially established by Debra Strong-Houston, a professional artist who began painting more than 15 years ago, artXibit’s mission is to showcase artwork from multiple galleries on one platform; where the art lover can explore works that come from small towns to large cities all in one place. As a Pacific Northwest artist whose passion is painting, Debra’s artwork draws inspiration from her beautiful surroundings and the people who inhabit them. Having been featured in galleries across the country, she found herself in a unique position to understand the challenges that many brick-and-mortar businesses were facing and wanted to remove the limitations of only reaching art lovers within their local marketplaces. Recognizing the value of art galleries and the relationships they foster, Debra wanted to create anaffordable and accessible online platform to help galleries effectively compete for online sales at a national level. Today, she is dedicated to preserving the gallery experience and supporting continuous growth, and therefore created artXibit to shine a light inside of galleries across the US and showcase the magnificent artwork they represent. “We feel that the art gallery is an essential part of the art world,” enthuses Debra. “artXibit was designed to help galleries expand their reach to an audience of art enthusiasts outside of their geographical location. It’s a truly innovative way to connect art appreciators with emerging artists and creators that they’re not yet familiar with.” All artwork featured on artXibit has been hand-selected by Debra and the gallery curators. It’s the same artwork that you would encounter should you walk through the doors of one of the website’s partner galleries, which Debra finds provides peace of mind for customers and ensures the authenticity of their purchases. “We believe that artXibit is creating a whole new environment for art appreciators to browse contemporary, modern, and traditional art while partnering with galleries to promote their inventory on our platform,” continues Debra, who strives to provide her customers with a seamless user experience. Through research, consumer polling, and digital enhancement, she places her customers at the forefront of everything that she does, while remaining focused on e-commerce technology and trends (which are ever-changing). “We are always looking for emerging trends, follow fairs and shows, and are consistently evolving.” Debra and the team are now working on a site rebuild to better the user experience and keep up with inventory demand, meaning there is new functionality and exciting newways to shop and explore original art. Recently,winning the titleofBestArt Showcasing Platform in the LUX Global Excellence Awards 2022 was the icing on the cake for artXibit, and we wish Debra and the dedicated team all the very best for the future! Contact: Debra Strong-Houston Company: artXibit Web Address: Canopy of Color by Joanne Shellan Guaguanó by Julia San Roman Spontaneous by Chuck Gumpert Roses by Nancy Cohen