August 24th to August 30th
The NIADA Conference and Dollmaking School 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 to be inspired.
Thursday, August 31st to Sunday September 3rd.
Conference location: Sheraton Nashville Downtown, 623 Union St, Nashville, TN37219, Tennessee
Monday, August 28th to Wednesday, August 30th
Conference location: TBC
Classes are taught this year by NIADA Artists
Marlaine Verhelst, Connie Smith, Eva Hodinkova, Luella Mosson, Deborah Pope and Catherine Mather
Conference and Critique Registration Form
When you have paid via paypal you will be automatically sent back to this website to fill out the Conference, Critique and Dollmaking School Registration form, please wait to be sent to the registration form page. If you have not filled out the registration form, you can request the link from the conference registrar Lillian Hopkins.
You must register for the conference in order to undertake a Critique.
If you wish to pay by check, please contact the Conference Registrar Lillian Hopkins.
By registering online you agree to our terms and conditions.
For information regarding the student rate visit Frequently Asked Questions.
What does my Conference fee cover?
Your Conference registration gives you access to:
Conference Programs / Keynote Presentation / Gallery Night Opening / Demos / Critiques / Flea Market / Banquet Dinner /Conference Souvenir Doll made by NIADA artists
Conference and Dollmaking School Contact Information
Conference Co-Chairs: Connie Smith
Registrar: Lillian Hopkins
Critique Registrar: Leslie Molen
First-Timers Assistance: Mary Ellen Frank
Dollmaking School Class Registrar: Stephanie Blythe
Paypal Liaison: Stephanie Blythe
Conference attendees can sign up for a variety of activities, including Critiques and the 10 x 12 program
Visiting Artist Critique
All Visiting Artists are welcome to register for a Visiting Artist Critique. This is a great opportunity to discuss your dollmaking goals, troubleshoot technical issues and develop your work under the guidance of NIADA Artists. Each Critique will be conducted by two NIADA Artists. The fee for each Critique is $25. You may bring a selection of dolls to be critiqued. You are welcome to suggest a NIADA Artist you would like to critique your work, and we will do our best to meet your request. If we cannot, we will assign you a NIADA Artist most relevant to your dollmaking aspirations.
Artist Membership Critique
If you are in the process of applying for NIADA Artist membership you must participate in an Artist Membership Mentor Critique as a component of your application process. This Critique is an opportunity to discuss what is required to become an Artist Member and will be conducted by three NIADA Artists. The fee for the Critique is $25.
Register for your Visiting Artist Critique or Artist Membership Critique at the top of this page.
All Visiting Artists registered for a Critique are invited to exhibit their dolls at the Critique Exhibition for Conference attendees to view. If you have any questions please contact the Critique Registrar .
The challenge doll is an artistic exploration of how each individual interprets and represents
a theme. This theme may be well defined or merely a phrase. Each participant renders their work, in this case, honoring the dollmaking tradition, and submits it for exhibition at the Conference. Submitted dolls should be all original designs and completely fabricated by the artist using any material.
Dolls must be no larger than 24″ in diameter and must not exceed 30″ in height.
The Challenge dolls will be on display, along with the dolls from the Visiting Artists’ Critique, on Saturday afternoon, September 2nd.
The Challenge Doll theme will be announced 1st February.
10 x 12 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.
To register your interest, contact Shelley Thornton
NIADA offers two scholarships to visiting Artists to help them to attend the NIADA conference. The Helen Bullard Scholarship recipient is awarded a free Conference registration. The Susanna Oroyan Memorial Scholarship helps to cover extra expenses and/ or pay for a Dollmaking Class of the recipients choice.
To apply for a scholarship, click here Scholarships
NIADA Souvenir Doll Artists 2017
The 2017 Conference will continue to have dolls designed by multiple artists. We have invited 9 NIADA Artists to take part. The souvenir dolls designs will remain secret until the conference, and will be distributed at the banquet to all conference attendees. The contributing NIADA Artists are Catherine Mather, Anna Zueva, Theresa May, Marlaine Verhelst, Luella Mossom, Tatiana Baeva, Diane Keeler, Deborah Pope and Donna May Robinson. Check out the Doll work of the contributing Artists above.
Events open to the public
NIADA Artists Gallery Night
5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday, August 31st
Sheraton Nashville Downtown,
623 Union St, Nashville,
NIADA Artists Exhibition and Sale
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, September 3rd
Sheraton Nashville Downtown,
623 Union St, Nashville,
Conference Venue and Accommodation
Sheraton Nashville Downtown
623 Union Street
$199 – single or double.
$219 – triple
To book using the NIADA room rate, click here – https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/Book/NIADAAnnualMeeting
If you have any questions or problems regarding hotel reservations, please contact the Conference Chair – Connie Smith