About the Wornick Award
The Ronald and Anita Wornick Award was established by the Wornick Company on the occasion of Ronald C. Wornick's retirement as president and CEO. Reflecting the wishes of the Wornicks, the award is intended to recognize, nourish, and encourage talented students in the wood arts at CCA. A gifted amateur wood artist himself, Ronald Wornick has been a member of the CCA Board of Trustees since 1992.
From the Wornicks
It is difficult to believe that we have already reached the 12th anniversary of the Ronald and Anita Wornick Award. Over the years Anita and I have greatly enjoyed the wonderful work by CCA students in the wood arts.
As I reflect on those years, and also on my 20 years on CCA’s Board of Trustees, I am particularly proud of this award because it has launched careers in the field—a discipline that, for myself as an aspiring amateur, is a source of great pleasure and personal passion.
We look forward to continuing our support of exceptional CCA students.
From the President
On the 13th anniversary of the Ronald and Anita Wornick Award, I would like to extend our deepest thanks to Ron and Anita for their tremendous contributions to CCA and to the field of wood arts.
They have been instrumental in inspiring students, faculty, and the public through their support not only of the Wornick Award but also of visiting faculty and lecturers who expose the CCA community and the wider public to this extraordinary medium.
The Wornick Award has helped position CCA as a national leader in the wood arts. Many congratulations to Ron and Anita, and also to Russell Baldon, chair of the Furniture Program, for their contributions and leadership.
From Former Chair Donald Fortescue
The Ronald and Anita Wornick Award is a great highlight of CCA's school year. The scholarship is a boon to the gifted students who receive it. The exhibition held every fall to honor those students is the Furniture Program's biggest annual event. And, most importantly, the work on view clearly demonstrates to the entire college community the values that the Furniture Program promotes and the creativity, dedication, and craftsmanship of its students.
As the former chair of the Furniture Program for upward of 12 years and as the curator of this exhibition, I am thrilled to see, gathered together in one place, works by almost all of the students who have received the Wornick Award thus far.
Several of the winners have gone on to establish their own furniture design and fabrication businesses; others work for leading Bay Area design firms, exhibit as artists, teach at important institutions across the country, and study in prestigious MFA programs. And of course it is also exciting to hear again from those who have gotten married, had children, and enjoyed rich and productive lives since graduation.
For many of these artists, the Wornick Award was their first major accolade, and the exhibition that followed was their first opportunity to gather together and show a cohesive body of work, allowing them to gain a real perspective on the scope of their creativity. The enthusiasm that comes out of the entire experience is palpable, and for these artists it has certainly played a key role in inspiring them to continue that momentum as they pursue their creative careers.