Beginning in the mid-1980s, Ron Wornick, an accomplished woodworker in his own right, along with his wife Anita, began actively collecting master artisan pieces made from wood, ceramics, glass, fiber, and metal. Within 20 years, the Wornicks had created one of the premier contemporary craft collections in the world. The collection has been on view at the Museum of Fine Art in Boston, American Craft Museum in New York, the Oakland Museum of California, and the McAllen Museum in South Texas. Ronald Wornick has been a member of the California College of the Arts Board of Trustees since 1992 and founded the Wornick Award, intended to recognize, nourish, and encourage talented students in the wood arts at CCA.