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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Annual Conference
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.

Due to the special venue the Conference will be limited to 100 Registrants.

Conference Registration is now CLOSED! See you next year!

Thursday, August 14th - Sunday, August 17th 2014

at the beautiful Bohemian Hotel Celebration in Florida

700 Bloom Street, Celebration, FL 34747 USA 

About Celebration FL: In the heart of the Disney planned community of
Downtown Celebration. Walking distance to shops, restaurants, and entertainment.
Close to major highways and attractions including Walt Disney World Resort.

Click here for Transportation information

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 Show & Sale
  • Banquet Dinner and Helper Raffle drawing
  • Conference souvenir by a NIADA artist
  • Access to the NIADA Salesroom and Flea Market
  • Keynote Address ~Akira Blount: Visionary Doll Artist Inspired by Nature
All registrants are welcome to participate in special exhibits and programs:
Visiting Artist Critique,
the 10x12 program and the
2014 Doll Challenge exhibit
"Walking on Sunshine".

If you have never participated in a doll challenge before, here's your chance to show your work!

Click here for the full 2014 Conference Schedule

Akira BlountKeynote Address:

A celebration of the extraordinary life and work of
Akira Blount
through photos and figures hosted by NIADA doll artists, Larry Blount and long time friends, Stephanie Blythe and Mary Ellen Frank and NIADA Patron Laurel Breitkopf.

Akira BlountWe will explore Akira’s evolution of style, materials and methods, collaboration with Larry and the integration of life and work. We will also discuss their business and how it transitioned, what worked, what faltered or waned.

We will wind down with answers to your questions and circulation through their figures, with a chance to handle some of the materials and partially completed works.

souvenir artist
NIADA is pleased to announce the
2014 Conference Souvenir artist:

Tanya Buckley Marriott

Tanya Marriott Tanya Marriott

Pre-Conference BEAD PARTY at the Bead Wholesaler! Wednesday, August 13th at 7:00 pm
The manager of the Bead Wholesaler, the largest bead supplier in Orlando area is hosting
a Bead Party at their store for ALL REGISTRANTS of NIADA Dollmaking School and the Conference.
Snacks & punch PLUS 10% OFF ALL purchases at the party!
LOCATION: Bead Wholesaler 6450 Kingspointe Parkway, Suite 7 Orlando, FL 32819

Registrants are automatically added to the Conference-Chatline
Please indicate if you are planning, or might attend this event by replying to the Chatline message.
Thank you. Ginger Roberts, NIADA 2014 Conference Co-Chair

Please sign up to the NIADA Chatline for latest Conference updates
CLICK HERE: Add me to the NIADA Chatline!

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!
You can submit your ten high quality photographs digitally [ CLICK HERE ] or mail your
CD or DVD to: Shelley Thornton, 1600 South 22nd Street, Lincoln, NE 68502, USA.
This program is limited to the first twelve artists whose photos are received
(last year presenters are welcome to participate)

Helper Raffle: Buy chances to win dolls and doll-related wonders donated by
NIADA members. The Helper Raffle is held during the Banquet dinner.
Photography: Professional photographer Ryder Gledhill will be available
Friday, Saturday and Sunday to photograph attendees dolls. Cost will be $45.00 for
each additional doll to paid to the photographer by cash or check only.
There will be a signup sheet at registration to schedule your time with the photographer.

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: first 10 registrants will receive
10 FREE Helper Raffle tickets! Register NOW and up your chances to WIN!

First time attending the NIADA Conference?
For new Conference attendees (and those not-so-new who would like a refresher course)
download Mary Ellen Frank's "Newbie Guide to the NIADA Conference" pdf
filled with the ins-&-outs of our Annual Conference--what to participate in, what to
prepare for -- so you don't miss out on the many programs and exciting events.
Includes a Glossary that takes out the mystery of those unfamiliar terms: "Challenge","Critique","Helper"

Updated list of NIADA Artists attending the 2014 Conference:

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Tatiana Baeva • Larry Blount • Stephanie Blythe • Reina Mia Brill • Chomick+Meder • Kate Church • Judith Condon
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Diana Crosby • Ankie Daanen • Dianna Effner • Susan Fosnot • Mary Ellen Frank • Tine Kamerbeek • Lesley Keeble
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Diane Keeler • Pat Lillich • Heather Maciak • Tanya Marriott • Victoria Martin • Leslie Molen
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Ima Naroditskaya • Sandra Oglesby • Deborah Pope • Donna May Robinson • Susan Scogin • Connie Smith • Vita Soyka
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Shelley Thornton • Nina Tugarina • Marlaine Verhelst • Neva Waldt • Nancy Walters • Nancy Wiley

Visit the ARTISTS GALLERY to view their work

The Helen Bullard Scholarship fund was created by the NIADA Patrons
to help emerging doll artists to attend the NIADA Conference. Each year, one recipient is awarded free conference registration, based on their promising potential and work already accomplished. Applicants are nominated by NIADA President, The Helen Bullard Scholarship has been awarded for 2014.

CLICK HERE to apply for the Helen Bullard Scholarship CLICK HERE

The Susanna Oroyan Memorial Scholarship fund is intended to make it possible for one or two Visiting Artists to attend the NIADA Conference, to help cover extra expenses and/ or pay for a Dollmaking Class of their choice. [$500.00-$2000.00]
Please apply for consideration before May 15th, 2014.

CLICK HERE to apply for the Susanna Oroyan Scholarship CLICK HERE

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.

Mon. Aug. 11th – Tue., Aug. 12th – Wed. Aug. 13th 2014
at the beautiful Bohemian Hotel Celebration in Florida

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Dollmaking School Teachers:
Stephanie Blythe ~ Kate Church ~ Ankie Daanen
Susan Fosnot ~ Pat Lillich ~ Deborah Pope ~ Marlaine Verhelst

All classes 9:00am~5:00pm / Lunch 12:00pm~1:15pm ~ All days

The fees for Dollmaking classes are as follows:
1 Day Class: Conference Registrant = $100.00 / Non-registrant = $115.00
2 Day Class: Conference Registrant = $200.00 / Non-registrant = $230.00
3 Day Class: Conference Registrant = $300.00 / Non-registrant = $345.00

All kit Fees will be collected by the teachers on the first day of class

CLICK HERE Dollmaking School registration is open! CLICK HERE

NOTE: the NIADA 2014 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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