Second Annual Golahny Awards

CCAE Announces Spring 2017 Art Exhibition

(Cambridge, MA) – The Cambridge Center for Adult Education (CCAE) has announced its spring 2017 exhibit: Recent Works and the Berta Golahny Awards on view March 31 – June 2, 2017 at 42 Brattle Street in Harvard Square. The exhibit features works in the medium of two-dimensional art from thirty nine artists who live and work in the Greater Boston-area, the exhibit will include juried awards for CCAE visual arts students and teachers.

For the second time, CCAE will feature the Berta Golahny Awards in conjunction with the exhibit, which will be awarded during the spring of 2016, 2017 and 2018. Three CCAE students will receive the Berta Golahny Student Award for artistic excellence, to be announced at the exhibition opening and chosen from student work selected for the exhibition. Additionally, two CCAE visual arts teachers will be presented with the Berta Golahny Award for Distinguished Teaching of Art for their leadership, service, and professional accomplishment. In 2016, the winners of the Berta Golahny Award for Distinguished Teaching of Art were Selma Bromberg and Sheila Rice.   

The opening reception and award ceremony will take place on Friday, March 31 from 5:30-7:30pm at 42 Brattle Street, Cambridge MA.

The Artist Talk: The Curatorial Role by Katherine French is scheduled for Wednesday, April 5 from 11am-12pm at 56 Brattle Street.

The Berta Golahny Awards are selected by a jury comprised of a Golahny Family Representative: Amy Golahny, a CCAE Representative: Ashley Nikolyszyn, and an Annual Guest Juror for 2017: Katherine French, retired Director of the Danforth Museum and current Gallery Director at Catamount Arts in Vermont. Berta Golahny was a longtime visual arts teacher at CCAE, from 1959-2001. Her family has made a generous donation to create the Berta Golahny Awards in her memory.



Since the mid-1970s, Ellen Stutman has been teaching at CCAE. Stutman teaches drawing to beginner level students who have little-to-no drawing experience, working with them to develop self-confidence in a supportive environment. Stutman describes, “I love that wonderful moment when [students] suddenly realize, “I can do this!” then the actual learning process can take place.” Her own work is inspired by nature, and she has recently been exploring a new medium with woodcuts. Stutman holds a bachelor’s degree from Smith College and an MFA in Painting and Art Education from Boston University.


Brett Gamache has been teaching drawing and painting in the Studio School at CCAE since 2010. Gamache holds a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and an MFA in Painting from the University of New Hampshire. In the classroom, Gamache focuses on how to see the subject in terms of line, shape, form, color, and composition. He often tells his students, “all art is abstract” when broken down into shapes and color relationships. Gamache has recently been painting live surfers, working quickly to capture the life, light, and excitement of the ever-changing surf.


Katherine French is the current Gallery Director for Catamount Arts in Vermont and the retired Executive Director of Danforth Art. She will discuss how curators select work by showing examples of work selected for exhibitions she has curated and explaining her choices. This event is free and open to the public.


Ashley Nikolyszyn
Program Manager for Visual Arts and Crafts
Cambridge Center for Adult Education
42 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA 02138