The National Institute
of American Doll Artists
is a worldwide organization
of doll artists, supportive patrons, and friends whose purpose is to promote the art
of the original handmade doll.
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The NIADA Conference is a wonderful opportunity for artists, collectors, and
everyone interested in the expanding world of doll art to experience the cutting edge
of this dynamic art form. The conference will offer attendees four days of
opportunities to meet new people, to inspire and be inspired.

Registration opens January 1st, 2015 @ 10:00am (EST)
{ 2015-01-01 10:00:00 GMT-05:00 }


Thursday, July 9th - Sunday, July 12th

Conference location:
Crowne Plaza Portland Downtown, 1441 NE 2nd, Portland, OR 97232

Monday, July 6th - Wednesday, July 8th

Message from Conference Co-Chair, Cindee Moyer

I am excited to announce that Susan Scogin will be
creating our souvenir doll. Fabulous!

And there's more....our keynote speaker is the infamous Ronnie Burkett!

The 2015 Doll Challenge: "A Self-Portrait Doll"

Our Dollmaking School has an exceptional line up with the
following artists on board at this writing:

Tatiana Baeva, Stephanie Blythe, Kate Church, Ankie Daanen, Lesley Keeble,
Diane Keeler, Tanya Marriott, EJ Taylor, Shelley Thornton

The NIADA Dollmaking School offers classes for anyone wishing to learn
dollmaking techniques from internationally recognized artist members,
including sculpting, painting, fabric figure-making, mold making,
armature building, costuming and more for all skill levels.

A one-day altered doll class where students will take a Tonner doll similar
to the dolls the artists altered this past year and spend the day re-creating
it under the guidance of Tanya Marriott. So even though visions of sugar plums
may already be dancing in your heads, start planning for the Conference in July.


Barbara and I have returned from Portland and I don't think we
could be more excited. First, the hotel is utilizing a beautiful patio for the artist/patron luncheon as well as our cocktail receptions. An exhibition hallway for NIADA Artists Gallery Night, a beautiful meeting room for the photographer and standards meeting, a huge ballroom, and a wonderful private foyer area for all events.

The room rate remains at $159, which is markedly below anything
in the city. There is free shuttle to and from the airport to the hotel,
and their TMA line that runs throughout the city is right nearby.
It is so conducive to gathering within our 'wing' of the hotel
that I think everyone will be pleased.

We also visited the Button Emporium which houses hundreds of
vintage, French, unusual trims. The owner is very familiar with
NIADA and is working on writing children's books and making coordinating bags, dolls bears etc. These are for children who are
going through different issues. I don't know how you could leave her store without buying something. This store is right at the
start of the Pearl District which is also great shopping.

We also visited several shops on Alberta Street - another
destination area. In the summer you could wander 4-6 blocks of
craft stores, fabric, bakeries, restaurants, etc. A great place for
the plus ones to spend some time.

So, the trip was very successful, if you were questioning whether
or not to head to the Northwest in 2015, you might want to re-think!

That's it for now.

Cheers, Cindee Moyer, Conference Co-Chair

Everyone is welcome to attend the Annual NIADA Conference!
Come join us! Have Fun! It is NOT for Members only!


  • Programs, special events by NIADA artists and friends
  • Dollmaking demonstrations by NIADA artists
  • Participation in the Doll Challenge
  • NIADA Artists Gallery Night
  • Doll Challenge Exhibit and Visiting Artists critiques
  • Early admittance to the NIADA Artists Exhibition
  • Banquet Dinner and Helper Raffle drawing
  • Conference souvenir by a NIADA artist
  • Access to the NIADA Salesroom and Flea Market
  • Keynote Address
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special venues for Visiting Artists!
Visiting Artist Critique: Conference registrants may register for more than one critique,
the fee for EACH critique is $25.00. Bring one doll per private individual critique by an
assigned NIADA artist. Work registered for the critique will be on display for
Conference attendees to view (unless otherwise specified).
NEW! Visiting Artists can request a Mentor Critique in preparation for potential
future membership or are in the first stage of applying as an Artist Member.

CLICK HERE for information about the Visiting Artist Critique CLICK HERE

You are welcome to participate in NIADA's TEN by TWELVE program!
Twelve visiting artists will have an opportunity to introduce their dolls to all NIADA
Conference attendees in a special program in which each participant will show
ten projected images of their work.
Each photo will be allotted twenty seconds for artists to add their description or
commentary. If you are a visiting artist registering for the NIADA conference, this is
your chance to introduce your work to NIADA artists and patrons.
Don't miss out on this wonderful opportunity for feedback and encouragement!

NOTE: the NIADA Annual Conference is a separate venue held
in the same location immediately following the Dollmaking School.
All are welcome to attend the Conference as well as the Dollmaking School.

Conference registration is not required to attend classes

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