The National Institute of American Doll Artists was founded in 1963 with a mission to promote handmade dolls as a fine art form. NIADA is a group of peer-elected world-class fine artists who have chosen dolls as their medium of expression. NIADA seeks to expand awareness of dolls as art, to be a showcase for dolls with high artistic standards, and to form a community of people with a passion for art dolls.
All of the dolls in the NIADA Artists Collective have been generously donated to The NIADA Foundation by the artists and patrons of NIADA to raise money to cover printing and production costs of the "NIADA Art Dolls: Rich Traditions, New Ideas" book which showcases the history of the organization and work of 160 artists who have been awarded membership since the group's founding in 1963. The book was published in 2009 by The NIADA Foundation and The Susan Quinlan Doll & Teddy Bear Museum & Library.
The NIADA Foundation teaches and mentors emerging doll artists. All proceeds from the sale of these dolls will go to the NIADA Foundation Scholarship Fund. Each artist member creates their individual style and type of art doll. Whether produced as a one-of-a-kind piece or part of an edition, the ideal work reflects excellence; all work must be consistently well conceived, expertly executed without technical faults, and should show an individual identity of design. Work is promoted and marketed by individual artists, and by NIADA in venues such as its annual Show and Sale, conferences, and publications.
NIADA ARTISTS REPRESENTED IN THE COLLECTIVE:
Carole Bowling - Elizabeth Brandon - Judith Condon - Ankie Daanen - Suzanne Gibson
Scott R. Gray - Magge Head Kane - Hennie Koffrie - Sylvia Natterer - Susanna Oroyan -
Marilyn Radzat - Donna May Robinson - Olga Roehl - Fred Thompson - Kathryn Walmsley