2016 Conference and Dollmaking School

July 18th to­ July 20th and July 21st to July 24th,
Alexandria, Virginia, in Historic Old Town

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.

NIADA 2016
Conference

Thursday, July 21st to­ Sunday, July 24th
Conference location: Sheraton Suites, Old Town Alexandria, 801 North Saint Asaph Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314 (Washington, DC area)

Register now!

NIADA 2016
Dollmaking School

Monday, July 18th to­ Wednesday, July 20th
Conference location: Sheraton Suites, Old Town Alexandria, 801 North Saint Asaph Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314 (Washington, DC area)

Classes are taught this year by NIADA Artists
Marlaine Verhelst, Connie Smith, Tanya Marriott, Stephanie Blythe, Donna May Robinson, Catherine Mather and Diane Keeler.

Register for the Dollmaking School here

Conference Registration

NIADA Artist or Patron Registration

$285.00


Non-Member Registration

$310.00


Student Registration


(Current High School or College student with ID)

$40.00


Visiting Artist or Artist Membership Critique Registration

$25 each


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.

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.

Cancellation Policy
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: Susan Scogin & Gayle Griffith
Registrar: Lillian Hopkins
Critique Registrar: Leslie Molen
First-Timers Assistance: Mary Ellen Frank & Chris Chomick
Dollmaking School Class Registrar: Lynne & Gene Olson
Paypal Liaison: Stephanie Blythe

Keynote Speaker : Leslie Molen

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NIADA Artists Demos

Five NIADA artists will demonstrate some of their techniques and share invaluable information about their dollmaking process.

Theresa May
27 Dresses: Imagination and Costume
Begin with the fanciful… worry about how to get there much much later…

Leslie Molen
It’s All in the Color Details
How to use color in your doll to create intriguing balance and flow in your costuming

Nina Tugarina
Finessing the accessories: Shoes to die for!
Assembling and applying leather/fabric shoes

Diane Keeler
Making Eyes
Windows to the soul at your fingertips: My many experiments now refined for your use

Cindee Moyer
Stylized Hair for the Art Doll
Exploring unconventional sources for hair to create interesting, unique and unexpected ways to top off your doll.

Conference Programs

Laurel Breitkopf & Pat Gould
25 Year Honorees
Celebrating the Careers of Richard and Jodi Creager, Jane Davies, Bill Nelson, Nancy Walters, and Charlene Westling

Teresa Oaxaca
Painted Dolls

Marlaine Verhelst, Neva Waldt, & Stephanie Blythe
The Road to Becoming a NIADA Artist
A description of NIADA standards and a first hand description of one artist’s journey to becoming a NIADA artist.

Susan Scogin & Juanita Zientara
It’s Personal
Susan will interview Juanita about her doll collection.

Krystyna Poray Goddu
Unmasking Sasha: A Brief History of the Inscrutable Doll
The visionary Sasha Doll designed in the 1940s by Swiss artist Sasha Morgenthaler (1893-1975) has inspired many dollmakers over the decades. Krystyna Poray Goddu, editor of the 2011 book Sasha Dolls: The History, presents a brief version.

Shelley Thornton
Ten by Twelve
Up to twelve visiting artists will introduce their dolls with ten projected images of their work. For each photo, the artist will have 20 seconds to provide commentary.

Conference Schedule

Thursday

9am – 11am
Registration  in the Lobby

9:30am – 12:30am
Artist Meeting (NIADA Artists)

 11am – 12:30pm
Patron Meeting (NIADA Patrons)


12:30pm – 1:30pm
Lunch & President’s Welcome (All welcome)


2pm – 4pm
Torpedo Factory Art Center Tours  (Sign up at the registration table)

4pm – 5pm
Registration  in the Lobby

4pm – 5pm
Raffle Room Open


5pm – 9pm
Gallery Night at Principle Gallery (All welcome,  Open to the public)

Principle Gallery
204 King Street

Alexandria, VA 22314
www.principlegallery.com/alexandria

Friday

9am – 5pm
Photographer, Pete Duval  –  (Sign-up at Registration).  Hospitality suite

9am – 10am
Program 1 :
Laurel Breitkopf & Pat Gould : 25 Year Honorees: Celebrating the Careers of Richard and Jodi Creager, Jane Davies, Bill Nelson, Nancy Walters, and Charlene Westling

10am – 11am
Program 2: 
Teresa Oaxaca : Painted Dolls

11am – 12pm
Program 3 :
Marlaine Verhelst, Neva Waldt, & Stephanie Blythe : What Does it Take to Become a NIADA Artist?


12pm – 2pm
Lunch on your own

12pm – 2pm
Patron Lunch (NIADA Artists and Patrons)


2pm – 3pm
Program 4 :
Susan Scogin & Juanita Zientara  :  It’s Personal

3pm – 4pm
Program 5 :
Krystyna Poray Goddu : Unmasking Sasha: A Brief History of the

Inscrutable Doll
4pm – 5pm
Program 6 :
Shelley Thornton : Ten by Twelve

5pm – 6pm
Raffle Room Open in the Board Room


5pm – 7pm
Dinner on your own


7pm – 9pm 

Keynote Program : Leslie Molen  : Art and Life

Saturday

9am – 5pm
Photographer, Pete Duval  –  (Sign-up at Registration)
Jennifer Osner – Antique & Vintage Textile Sale (All welcome)
9am – 10:15am
Artist Market (All welcome)

10:30am – 12:30pm
Demos
Theresa May : 27 Dresses: Imagination and Costume
Leslie Molen : It’s All in the Color Details
Nina Tugarina : Assembling and Applying Leather/fabric shoes
Diane Keeler : Making Eyes
Cindee Moyer : Stylized Hair for the Art Doll

12:30 – 2pm
Raffle Room Open – Last Chance! in the Board Room

12:45pm – 2pm
Critiques (Visiting Artists)
2pm – 2:30pm
Exhibition of critique dolls (Visiting Artists)

2pm – 4pm
Artist Demos at Torpedo Factory Art Center ( open to the public)

7pm – 10pm
Banquet

Sunday

10am
Exhibition  and Sale open to Patrons  In Salons 1, 2 & 3
10:30am
Exhibition  and Sale Open to attendees In Salons 1, 2 & 3
11am – 4pm

Exhibition and Sale Open to the Public In Salons 1, 2 & 3

Sheraton Suites, Old Town Alexandria
801 North Saint Asaph Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

9am – 4pm
Jennifer Osner – Antique & Vintage Textile Sale her suite

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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.

Register for a Visiting Artist Critique at the top of this page.

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 Artist Membership Critique at the top of this page.

Critique Exhibition

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 .

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

Scholarships

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.

Applications for NIADA Scholarships have now closed.

 NIADA Souvenir Doll Artists 2016

The 2016 Conference will see a change in the souvenir doll. Instead of the souvenir doll being created by one Artist, we have invited 14 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 Neva Waldt, Annie Wahl, Svetlana Rudoy, Tatiana Baeva, Stephanie Blythe, Connie Smith, Cindee Moyer, Larry Blount, Theresa May, Shelley Thornton Sandra Oglesby, Donna May Robinson, Marlaine Verhelst, Tanya Marriott.

Check out the Doll work of the contributing Artists below.

Photograher :
Pete Duvall

Pete Duvall will be available Friday and Saturday from 9am to 5pm. NIADA has commissioned one photo for each NIADA artist. Conference attendees may also schedule a time to have dolls photographed. The fee is $45 per doll, paid directly to the photographer. Sign-up at the Registration Desk.

Guest Vendor:
Jennifer Osner

Jennifer Osner will be selling antique & vintage textiles from her suite on Saturday & Sunday. Jennifer has  been a textile merchant since 1978. She travels nationwide acquiring and selling, antique ribbon collections, lace, and other textiles.  Her customers include milliners, doll costumers, designers, movie studios, and all types of artists and crafters.

Sign up to the conference Chatline here, and receive updates regarding the conference and dollmaking school.

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Events open to the public

NIADA Artists Gallery Night

5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday, July 21st
Principle Gallery
204 King Street

Alexandria, VA 22314
www.principlegallery.com/alexandria

NIADA Artists Exhibition and Sale

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 24th
Sheraton Suites, Old Town Alexandria
801 North Saint Asaph Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

Conference Venue and Accommodation

Sheraton Suites, Old Town Alexandria
801 North Saint Asaph Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

Sheraton Suites in Old Town Alexandria, just blocks from historic King Street and the Potomac River Waterfront. Restaurants and a high-end grocery store are in close proximity. The hotel offers free shuttle service to and from Reagan National Airport, a 15-minute trip from Alexandria.

The rooms, all suites, cost $149 per night for two people sharing.
To book using the NIADA room rate, click here – www.sheratonsuitesalexandria.com/

If you have any questions or problems regarding hotel reservations, please contact the Conference Co-Chair – Gayle Griffith.