Doll Events

This page shares information on upcoming doll shows, conventions, and doll events.  Check back often for new entries and updates.

My Doll World "Dolls of Color" Exhibit
features dolls from the collection of Joyce Finley-Stamps at:

The Seacoast African American Cultural Center
10 Middle Street
Portsmouth, NH

The opening reception was held on August 28, 2016. 
The exhibit will run through December 3, 2016.

Cost:  Public invited free of charge, donations welcome
Read online coverage of the Dolls of Color Exhibit here.


I See Me:  Reflections of Black Dolls

September 20, 2016 through April 30, 2017

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
315 East Warren Avenue
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 494-5800

From the museum's website:
Organized by The Wright Museum, I See Me: Reflections in Black Dolls is designed for family enjoyment and doll collectors’ amazement. The exhibition features an array of black dolls, dating from the late 19th century to the present, including babies, fashion dolls, hand-crafted, art dolls, and more. A play area, replete with a range of dolls mimicking the exhibition, provides hands-on fun and wonder for visitors. While the exhibition draws from the museum’s collections, it also presents a large selection of intriguing and historically significant dolls loaned by local and national doll collectors. 
I See Me provides a rare opportunity for visitors to see the largest collection of Leo Moss dolls ever assembled. In Black Dolls: An Identification and Value Guide, 1820-1991, author Myla Perkins presents Moss' incredible story as told by Ruby, his last surviving daughter. During the late 1800s and early 1900s, Moss worked as a handyman for white families in Macon, Georgia. However, he had an extraordinary talent for creating dolls, both white and black. When commissioned by a child’s parents, he would create a doll with a striking resemblance to the child. If the child cried while he was sculpting the doll, Moss would mold tears onto the dolls face. In the early 1900s, tragedy struck Moss’ home. A traveling toy dealer out of New York, from whom he often purchased doll supplies, ran away with his wife and baby, leaving him to raise the other four children. Moss continued making dolls but never received the financial rewards that his talent merited. He died a pauper in 1936.
In addition, through educational and public programs, the museum will revisit the 1947 Kenneth and Mammie Clarke experiment, which involved black children being presented with two dolls, one black and one white, and then asked to choose the one they preferred. The results of the experiment showed that a majority of the children chose the white doll to be the prettiest and the nicest - based on color. Topics of discussion on this pervasive question about race and identity will range from where we are today, and what, if anything, should be done in the future?
Visit the museum website for additional details or to book a tour.


2nd Annual Show

November 1, 2016 - December 31, 2016
Gallery Reception Saturday, November 12, 2016


The 2016 Annual Harlem Holiday Doll Show and Sale
Showcases over 400 Unique Black Dolls and Holiday Ornaments on
Saturday, December 3 at Dwyer Cultural Center
Dolls by Brooklyn Dollworks Valerie Gladstone and Pamela Ekkens

New York City’s top Black doll artists will be showcasing and selling over 400  amazing, handcrafted dolls on Saturday, December 3, 2016,  at the annual Morrisania Doll Society’s 2016 Harlem Holiday Doll Show and Sale at the Dwyer Cultural Center, 258 St. Nicholas Avenue at 123rd Street.  Show hours are 11 AM to 7 PM. Admission is free.

“This show is about community and creativity. This is the only doll show in New York City that features such a wide variety of top Black doll artists. The artists have created incredibly beautiful sculpture and cloth Black dolls. Many are one-of-a-kind dolls and highly collectible,” said Ellen Ferebee, President and Founder of the Morrisania Doll Society, based in Harlem. “Visitors are always awed by the outstanding level of craftsmanship evidenced by the doll artists. There will be handcrafted dolls to fit every budget from $10 to $1,000.”

The Harlem Holiday Doll Show and Sale will features a range of fabulous Black dolls by acclaimed artists. On site will be Brooklyn Doll Works by Valerie A. Gladstone, named one of America’s top doll artists. Shaquora Bey will have her sophisticated soft sculpted dolls. Shirley Nigro will feature her eclectic line of miniature to life-size cloth, sculpture and even origami dolls. Joyce Stroman brings her original dolls with clay sculptured faces and cloth bodies. There’s Rita’s Art Dolls from historic periods. Unique Christmas ornaments by Goldie Wilson, who is renowned for her cloth and porcelain dolls.  Kellan Waverly will have one-of-a-kind Kels Mini Mansion Dollhouses.  Tanya Montegut has soft sculpture Dolls by Montq. There are dolls by Judanna Cavallo, Regina Dorsey and Queen Healer. Sophy Davis and Caressa Sheppard have cloth soft dolls. Angela Huggins has Angel Hugs 4 All Dolls. Terry Jenoure features soft all fabric dolls.

For almost 25 years, Ferebee has been collecting Black dolls. She has over 150 rare Black dolls in her personal collection. “The Morrisania Doll Society is an information conduit that brings Black doll collectors and artists together,” she explained.  “This show is a wonderful opportunity to get to know the doll creating and collecting community. The public is invited to the elegant Dwyer Cultural Center to look, learn and purchase.”

The Morrisania Doll Society was formed to bring together doll collectors and doll artists and to help preserve the history and culture of African-American doll making.  It has produced doll events since 2000.

For more information on The Harlem Holiday Doll Show and Sale, please visit, email:

Or contact:
Fern Gillespie

2017 Atlanta Doll Show
February 25-26, 2017
12-6 p.m.
Omenala Griot Afrocentric Museum
337 Dargon Place