The Ronald & Anita 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 California College of the Arts.

A gifted amateur wood artist, Ronald Wornick has been a member of the CCA Board of Trustees since 1992.

Ronald & Anita Wornick Awards Exhibition

The 16th Annual Ronald & Anita Wornick Award Exhibition will feature an exhibition of works by CCA's most talented students in the wood arts.

The 2014 award recipients are Sarah Burgan and Jun Soo Park. See images of the award recipients at the reception »

From Ronald & Anita Wornick

We are very proud to support CCA’s brilliantly creative and talented young wood artists through the Ronald and Anita Wornick Awards. It has been a joyous and rewarding experience from the very beginning.

In our opinion, wood as a base material for the exploration of art and ideas has been barely scratched. Wood is magic in the hands of a craftsperson/artist who understands the subtle nuances and powerful life story contained in every piece.

We see this medium as much more useful than a blank frame of canvas, and equally challenging. CCA students are up for this challenge, and thanks to their inspiration and hard work the field will continue to evolve and look forward to a provocative, significant, and growing future.

From Furniture Chair Russell Baldon

The annual Ronald and Anita Wornick Award highlights the Furniture Program’s best and brightest students. The scholarship is a wonderful celebration of both student achievement and the community of support that surrounds our program.

The featured work portrays the dedication, craftsmanship, and values that are embedded in our curriculum and our college.

As chair, I am filled with pride and gratitude to see this year’s exhibition materialize, marking the passage of another group of students into the creative world.

It is an honor to work with those who make this event possible: the students, the staff, the faculty, and most especially Ron and Anita.

I would also like to extend a special thanks to this year’s juror Jennifer Fletcher, department head, and Helen Hilton Raiser, associate curator of architecture and design, at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

From President Stephen Beal

On the 16th 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.