2011 AIA Spring Gala Highlights
April 28, 2011

Irish Cultural Ambassador and acclaimed actor Gabriel Byrne, who served as Master of Ceremonies for the Gala, and, at right, Peter Herdrich, CEO of the Archaeological Institute of America. (© Patrick McMullan)
Irish Cultural Ambassador and acclaimed actor Gabriel Byrne, who served as Master of Ceremonies for the Gala, and, at right, Peter Herdrich, CEO of the Archaeological Institute of America. (© Patrick McMullan)
George Bass, Recipient of the Bandelier Award (© Patrick McMullan)Award-winning chef Cathal Armstrong created nothing short of an amazing contemporary version of a Celtic feast for Gala guests. With his roots in Ireland, Cathal’s dishes had great complexity from some very ancient ingredients. Cathal’s connection to the land and his farm-to-table approach to cooking were both evident in each bite – from fresh dandelion greens to delicious barley wild flower honey cakes. (Getty Images)Gala guests at the cocktail reception (© Mike Shane Photography)George Bass, Elizabeth Bartman, President of AIA, and Peter Herdrich (© Patrick McMullan)
George Bass, Recipient of the Bandelier Award (© Patrick McMullan) Award-winning chef Cathal Armstrong created nothing short of an amazing contemporary version of a Celtic feast for Gala guests. With his roots in Ireland, Cathal’s dishes had great complexity from some very ancient ingredients. Cathal’s connection to the land and his farm-to-table approach to cooking were both evident in each bite – from fresh dandelion greens to delicious barley wild flower honey cakes. (Getty Images) Gala guests at the cocktail reception (© Mike Shane Photography) George Bass, Elizabeth Bartman, President of AIA, and Peter Herdrich (© Patrick McMullan) Claudia Valentino, Kevin Quinlan, and Meegan Daly (© Patrick McMullan) AIA Trustees Elizabeth Macauley-Lewis and Julie Herzig Desnick, Co-Chairs of the Gala Committee (© Patrick McMullan) Jennifer Klahn, AIA Director of Development and Cathleen Asch, AIA Trustee (© Patrick McMullan) Malin Banyasz, ARCHAEOLOGY Magazine, and Ben Thomas, AIA Director of Programs (© Patrick McMullan) Jean Kennedy Smith, former U.S. Ambassador to Ireland, and Patrick Wallace, Director of the National Museum of Ireland (© Patrick McMullan) A Contemporary Irish Feast (© Mike Shane Photography) Irish fiddler Niall Mulligan (© Mike Shane Photography) Niall O'Leary Irish Dance Troupe, which entertained at the Gala (© Patrick McMullan) Gabriel Byrne addressing guests (© Mike Shane Photography) Joe Byrne, Executive Vice President, Tourism Ireland (© Mike Shane Photography) Andri Magdalena Cauldwell, Director of Conferences and Event Planning with Gabriel Byrne (© Mike Shane Photography) Andri Cauldwell and Jennifer Klahn of the AIA Development staff (© Mike Shane Photography) Irish Whiskey Tasting (© Mike Shane Photography)
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From the moment guests began arriving at the Archaeological Institute of America’s Spring Gala, the warmth of Ireland’s hospitality seemingly reached across the ocean and entered Capitale, the venue of this year’s spectacular event. The Gala spotlighted the depth of Ireland’s archaeological history and the 21st century vibrancy of the island’s culture. Read more

Video from the Gala

A special and very moving moment during the Archaeological Institute of America's 2011 Gala was the reading of the ancient Irish poem Song of Amergin, first in Gaelic and then translated to English by Gabriel Byrne. Watch it here:


George Bass received the AIA Bandelier award for founding the field of underwater archaeology. See the video here:


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