Wednesday, August 17th
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 offers attendees opportunities to meet like-minded people, to inspire and be inspired. NIADA membership is not required to attend, just passion for the art of the doll.
Plans are underway for the
NIADA 2022 Conference & the Academy!
This will be a chance to finally get together and reunite all our NIADA Artists old and new, along with aspiring artists, patrons, and friends.
Our NIADA 2022 Conference will be held in the Hyatt Regency Bellevue Hotel. Sitting on Lake Washington it is just a 20-minute drive to downtown Seattle. Bring your family for a great vacation while attending the conference. There are activities to thrill all ages.
There have been some changes to our usual conference lineup.
Due to Covid/Omicron travel uncertainties, we have regretfully decided to cancel the in-person Dollmaking School that normally precedes the conference. However, we will be offering ‘Mini-Masters’ classes on Saturday morning, where you can still learn some wonderful techniques from our talented NIADA Artists. You will need to register for these just like you would a regular class. Information will be available at Registration on March 1st.
ALSO, the week of September 15th, the NIADA Academy will hold a Special Virtual Dollmaking Event with several new classes and live interaction with the instructors online.
We are hoping that COVID-19 treatment and vaccines will be available before our conference next year.
However, we will post COVID-19 updates as we get closer to conference time.
Watch for updates in the weeks to come!
CHALLENGE DOLL 2022 – ‘Imagine’
‘hold your breath, make a wish, count to three’
We have all had plenty of time to let our imaginations soar these past two years. Did you imagine the good old days when life was simpler? Or a trip to the future where you could create a world to your liking? Or did you see yourself as a character in a book and living their experiences instead of your own? Maybe you imagined making a doll without any interruption! Or waking up 10 years younger? Or maybe you just imagined a world where we all just got along.
By participating in the 2022 Doll Challenge you will have an opportunity to share how you interpret and represent this year’s theme, ‘Imagine’ and a great way to be involved in our first in-person Conference since 2019.
Each participant should create their work honoring the dollmaking tradition and submit 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 at the Conference in August. This is open to all attendees.
The Hyatt Bellevue is located right in the middle of the downtown art and shopping community. A glass skywalk connects the hotel to shops, galleries, restaurants, and theaters of all kinds. Whether you would rather be soaring through the treetops via zip line or spending the afternoon exploring art, there are many attractions for you and your family to enjoy.
Top places of interest in Bellevue include the Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue’s five major shopping areas, Bellevue Downtown Park, and the Theatre at Meydenbauer. Bellevue also boasts a plethora of attractions that promise to delight the outdoor adventurer such as the Bellevue Zip Tour, Mercer Slough, and numerous parks.
Visiting with children? We invite you to enjoy hours of delight and discovery at KidsQuest Children’s Museum. This innovative hands-on museum for children and families is designed to engage kids from infancy to age eight. Art, science, technology, and daily life experiences are integrated into world-class exhibits with strong ties to the Pacific Northwest.
Bellevue also provides convenient access to many regional attractions in Seattle and other neighboring cities. From an award-winning zoo to the iconic Space Needle, there is much to experience nearby.
Hyatt Regency Bellevue, 900 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, Washington 98004