Berta Golahny Awards

Recent Works on display Friday, April 17 through Thursday, June 4

Call for Art!

Recent Works Exhibition & the Berta Golahny Student Awards

This show will feature two-dimensional work—painting, drawing, photography, prints, collage and mixed media—created by CCAE students within the past year. All works will also be considered for the Berta Golahny Student Award, which includes a $100 cash prize given to 3 CCAE visual arts students. In conjunction with the exhibition and awards, 2020 Faculty Juror, Brett X. Gamache, will give an Artist Talk on Monday, April 13, 11am.

Artist Talk with Brett X. Gamache, 2020 Faculty Juror

Monday, April 13, 11am | Free! with complimentary coffee & tea

Brett X. Gamache is an oil painter and an art instructor at CCAE's Studio School and MassArt. In this artist talk, he will discuss aspects of his studio practice, his artistic influences and his teaching approach. A slide show will be presented, the event is free and open to the public.

About Brett

Brett X. 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.

Sunlight in the Dunes by Brett Gamache

Sunlight in the Dunes by Brett X. Gamache

About The Berta Golahny Student Awards

Portrait Of The Artist Golahny

Berta Golahny was a longtime visual arts teacher at CCAE, from 1959 to 2001. Her family provided a gift to create the Berta Golahny Awards in her memory. The gift was originally designed to support awards from 2016-2018. CCAE and the Golahny family decided to continue the student awards tradition annually.

The 2020 jury will be comprised of:

  • Amy Golahny, Ph.D., Richmond Professor of Art History and Chair, Art Department, Lycoming College;
  • Faculty Juror for 2020: Brett X. Gamache, Drawing & Painting Instructor, CCAE Studio School

The jury will select the student award recipients by viewing all works selected for the exhibition.

Previous student winners include Anne McNevin, Kelly Slater, and Lauren Strand in 2016; Elizabeth Coxe, Kay Hudgins, and Judith Prager in 2017; Sharon Pattison, Ann Haycox, and Donna Haig Friedman in 2018; Mary Gillis, Susan Varga, and Pui Wu in 2019.

About Berta Golahny

Berta Rosenbaum was born in Detroit. She studied at the Arts Students League of New York on scholarship, the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Iowa. She met Yuda Golahny in Detroit; they married and came to Cambridge for Yuda to study at MIT. Berta taught CCAE painting classes on Monday nights. Many of her students took her class continually for years, creating deep bonds between this extraordinary teacher and her students. In her obituary, one of these students asked, “Now that Berta is gone, what will we do on Monday nights?”

We encourage you to visit this website to learn more: Additionally, a large selection of prints by Berta can be found at The Brier Hill Gallery website:

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the exhibition, please email Jessica Covert at