AIA News

February 16, 2012

Reception held at AIA for art exhbition “BEYOND THE DIG: SCENES FROM MONGOLIA”


The opening reception for the exhibition “BEYOND THE DIG: SCENES FROM MONGOLIA,” featuring etchings by Colleen O’Shea, a Waldbaum Scholarship recipient, was held at the AIA headquarters in Boston on Monday, February 13.

In 2010, Colleen O’Shea, then a post-Baccalaureate student from the University of Michigan majoring in Russian & Eastern European Studies and the History of Art, used a Waldbaum Scholarship to attend the Khovd Project in Khovd-Altai, Mongolia, co-sponsored by the Silk Road Foundation and the National Museum of Mongolia.

Her experiences while on the project reaffirmed her career choice of art conservation, and made a deep impression on her artistically. O’Shea produced a series of etchings from her time in Mongolia, and has graciously allowed the AIA to display them at our national office in Boston. In her own words, “I thought it would be a great way to demonstrate just how important and far-reaching scholarship funding can be.”

Among its funding programs, the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) offers the Jane C. Waldbaum Archaeological Field School Scholarship. It supports students at field schools around the world, where they take part in archaeological excavations for the first time. For more information, please contact the AIA Lecture & Fellowship Coordinator at

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