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Conference school

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.


CLICK HERE:REGISTER for the Conference CLICK HERE:REGISTER for the School


Thursday, July 9th - Sunday, July 12th

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

Monday, July 6th - Wednesday, July 8th

Class locations:
OSA Oregon Society of Artists 2185 Southwest Park Place, Portland, OR 97205 [ MAP ]
Crowne Plaza Portland Downtown
1441 NE 2nd, Portland, OR 97232 [ MAP ]

NOTE: Your workshop may be held at either the Oregon Society of Artists
OR the Crowne Plaza. You will be notified of the location prior to the Dollmaking School.


At this writing, there are so many things to get excited about!

Our Dollmaking School lineup is stellar. Learn from the best:
Tatiana Baeva, Stephanie Blythe, Kate Church, Ankie Daanen,
Lesley Keeble, Diane Keeler, Tanya Marriott, EJ Taylor and Shelley Thornton.

The Conference will kick off with the much anticipated Gallery Night
featuring work from each of the NIADA Artists present at the Conference.
Demos will be provided by Jodi and Richard Creager, Lesley Keeble,
Sandra Oglesby and Leslie Molen

There will be programs by Jana Holstein, editor of Art Doll Quarterly
magazine, Georgina Hayns, one of the creatives at LAIKA Studios.,
A special ‘Dolls in Literature by NIADA Artists’ by Nancy Walters and
a review of the Tonner Doll exhibit from 2014 and more!

Our keynote speaker is the magnificently talented Ronnie Burkett.
And the NIADA 2015 Conference souvenir is being created
as we speak by Susan Scogin.

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



A beautiful setting in the summer, Portland offers our Conference
attendees a wonderful atmosphere of the arts. We have a Social Committee headed up by NIADA Patron Sharrie Wing who will help guide
you through the ‘off’ hours.

There is 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.

Another destination area are the shops on Alberta Street - 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.

The Crown Plaza Hotel is utilizing a beautiful patio for the
NIADA 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.

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.

As the New Year begins, make plans to attend – whether you are a professional artist, a budding artist, a collector or just curious about the art doll
– NIADA 2015 promises to add the ‘Ah’ – to ah-mazing.

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!


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
the NIADA President. Please apply for consideration before April 6th, 2015.

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 April 6th, 2015.

CLICK HERE to apply for the Susanna Oroyan Scholarship CLICK HERE

The NIADA Foundation 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]
Must be nominated by NIADA Artist member(s) before April 6th, 2015.

NIADA ARTIST: Nominate a Visiting Artist for this Scholarship CLICK HERE

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!

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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