Third Annual Golahny Awards Ceremony

April 26, 2018

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On Friday, April 6, Cambridge Center for Adult Education presented the third annual Berta Golahny Awards as part of the opening reception for the Recent Works Exhibitition at 42 Brattle Street. 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. Three CCAE students received the Berta Golahny Student Award for artistic excellence, announced at the exhibition opening and chosen from student work selected for the exhibition. Additionally, two CCAE visual arts teachers were presented with the Berta Golahny Award for Distinguished Teaching of Art for their leadership, service, and professional accomplishment.

The Berta Golahny Awards were selected by a jury comprised of a Golahny Family Representative: Amy Golahny, a CCAE Representative: Ashley Nikolyszyn, and an Annual Guest Juror for 2018: Dan Elias, the Executive Director at the New Art Center in Newton.

This year the winners of the Berta Golahny Student Awards were Sharon Pattison, Ann Haycox, and Donna Haig Friedman. The recipients of the Berta Golahny Awards for the Distinguished Teaching of Art were Jeremy Durling and Tim McCool.

See photos from our exhibit opening and awards ceremony here.

Jeremy Durling holds a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design and has been teaching drawing and painting in the Studio School at CCAE since 2014, as well as beginner level drawing and oil painting. He refers to his teaching as a circular process that allows him to carry the “spirit of experimentation” from the classroom back into his work, and reversely to share revelations from his own canvas with his students. Of his classes, Jeremy’s students have commented, “Jeremy is a gifted teacher,” who “continuously creates a serious, yet congenial atmosphere.” Of his own work, he says “Painting is an attempt to see the world more clearly… an intentionally critical examination of how physical things connect with one another in the world.” You can read more about Jeremy and his work at

Tim McCool holds an MFA from Tufts University/School of the Museum of Fine Arts and is a contemporary artist working in drawing, painting, and installation art. He teaches collage and abstract art classes at CCAE, working with students from different experience levels and taking them through the fundamentals of line, shape, and color, and examining contemporary abstract art. Tim’s students have remarked that “Tim is so deft at creating a positive environment for creativity to flow.” While much of his work tends to include what he calls a “dose of skepticism,” and irony, his colorful work also takes hopeful forms, such as his recent Finland Building Mural, which houses several recovery service programs in the South End, a project that was commissioned by the City of Boston and the Boston Public Health Commission. You can read more about Tim and his work at