NIADA 2020 Virtual Conference

August 20th – August 23rd, 2020

A unique opportunity to experience
a NIADA Conference from the comfort
of your own home.

JOIN US! Registration is still open!
Video access will be available
indefinitely for Registrants.

How to Join the Virtual Conference

Our NIADA 2020 Virtual Conference will happen online in a Private Facebook Group on Thursday, August 20th – Sunday, August 23rd @ 12:00pm-3:00pm EDT. Only paid registrants will be invited to join the NIADA 2020 Virtual Conference group.  We will post a schedule of events on the 2020 Virtual Conference Facebook Group and our website. If you are registered and miss an event you can go back and watch it later.

We also have another Private Facebook Group ‘NIADA 2020 Virtual Exhibitions’ which will contain all our exhibition albums. If you chose our VIP or CROWN registration level you will have access to all the exhibit events one day early, Wednesday, August 19. The Silent Auction “UnMasking the Future” will be in the ‘Photos’ area under ‘Albums’. Another album will have a Gallery Show featuring each participating artist’s special piece. Each participating NIADA Artist will have their own Artist Exhibit album with artwork available for purchase on a first come, first served basis.

NOT ON FACEBOOK?  A Facebook account is required to access the Private Groups (this account can be later deleted). If you choose not to be on Facebook please let us know, and we will send private links each day to our YouTube channel so that you are able to view all the recorded content. The emails will come to the account that you registered with. If you have any questions please contact us at:

NIADA 2020
Virtual Conference

Thurs. August 20th – Sun. August 23rd

CLICK HERE - Conference Registration is NOW OPEN!


Conference programs
“6 Key Steps to Beautiful & Balanced Art” – Leslie O’Leary
“Doll Art in Japan” – Stephanie Blythe
“Dolls, Animation, Exhibition” of Shelley Thornton – Shelley Thornton
“By the Book” NIADA Dolls in Literature – Nancy Walters
Visiting Artist “10 x 12” program – Shelley Thornton

NIADA Artist Demos – (R)ecorded and followed by (L)ive Q&A:
– Sandra Oglesby – Playing with Paint on Cradled Wood Panels for Bases, Backdrops (R)
– Catherine Mather – Heat & Transform (R)
– Kate Church – Polymer Clay Hands (R)
– Marlaine Verhelst – Hand Sculpting a Head in Porcelain (R)
– Tamara Pivnyuk – Fantasy Wig-making (R)
– Ankie Daanen – Making Different Hats for your Dolls (R)

Studio Tours
Whether large or small, tidy or messy, old or new, converted or built to specifications; whether in Canada, the US, The Netherlands or Spain, a doll artist’s studio is where magic happens! NIADA Artists invite you for a virtual glimpse into their inner sanctums via a tour of their private studios.

Prizes + Drawings
– Souvenir Prizes
– Silent Auction winners
– Daily downloads

VIP ACCESS = $35.00

BASIC PLUS+ Early entry Wednesday, August 19th
+ “UnMasking the Future” 6″x6″, 50 pages, Limited Edition Catalog ($30.00 value)


BASIC PLUS+ Early entry Wednesday, August 19th
+ NIADA Art Dolls: Rich Traditions, New Ideas The NIADA 429-page book ($55.00 value) Open to US addresses only

“UnMasking the Future” Limited Edition Catalog can be purchased separately – $30.00 includes s/h

NIADA Events – Conference Registration not required
– Gallery Show
– Artist Exhibit Albums
– “UnMasking the Future” Silent Auction Fundraiser



NIADA Members meetings – via Zoom
– Foundation / Artists / Patron-Associate meetings


NIADA 2021
Virtual Dollmaking School

Dates to be Announced
~ Stay tuned ~
2020 Class-Shelley Thornton Costume

This is a transformative period in our world and each challenge reveals wisdom. Over the past few months we have all learned new and creative ways to stay connected while being apart. We are using this learning to turn our disappointment from having to cancel our 2020 face-to-face dollmaking school into an exciting new opportunity. Yes, as the world shifts to more virtual learning and communications, so is NIADA.

We have a team working on a way to assist current and aspiring dollmakers discover your path to mastery. Using virtual classes and tutorials, our Master Artists – each with their own unique style, techniques and mediums will help you perfect your dollmaking skills by sharing their expertise on a wide range of dollmaking techniques.

In the coming months we will progress towards our vision to introduce a first-class NIADA Virtual Dollmaking School to assist you in learning and mastering techniques that will enhance your dollmaking skills. Please check back for updates.


while we work on exciting virtual offerings for you!

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NIADA Artists Events

– Gallery Show
– Artists Exhibit Albums
-“UnMasking the Future” Silent Auction NIADA Fundraiser
Conference registration is not required!

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