Ian M Hassett Foundation

On May 6, 2019, we awarded the $1,000 Ian M Hassett Memorial Art Grant through the Santa Maria Arts Council at their annual Grants Showcase.  We are honored to be a part of the Showcase  and look forward to many years to come.  This year's winner was Gold Vang.  Gold is outgoing and vivacious and her enthusiasm for her work is contagious.  Her presentation to the judges this year was inventive and went far beyond her original submitted work.  We are happy to share some her work with you here and proud to help this young, talented artist work towards her goals.

This Grant is available to young emerging artists, ages 18+.  Applications are available through theSanta Maria Arts Council website.  Please follow directions there for other criteria needed to submit your application.

The Ian M Hassett Memorial Art Grant

Ian M Hassett Memorial Art Award
We are pleased to announce the winner for this year's Ian M Hassett Memorial Art Award.  We had several outstanding applicants again this year but our one stood out.  This year's winner is Joseph Bramble from Orcutt Academy.  Jospeh has only been studying art for 1-1/2 years but his talent and passion for pursuing art impressed our judges.  We had a chance to meet with Joseph at our home and enjoyed hearing about his work, his technique and his goals for the future.  Having this chance to talk with him only solidified our choice; Joseph is articulate and personable and the detail and thought he puts into each piece was impressive.  Congratulations Joseph!


The story behind the awards.....

Just a few months before Ian's death, he expressed an interest in learning how to use a computer system that would allow him to create graphic art.  Our friends and family heard about Ian's 'wish' and a fundraiser was born.  A Santa Maria style BBQ along with several bake sales were organized by friends and the response was overwhelming!  Over $10,000 was raised and we were able to purchase the Cintiq drawing system Ian was hoping for.  His condition worsened rapidly but he was able to use his Cintiq in the last weeks/days of his life.  We talked to Ian just a few days before he died about the idea of establishing an art scholarship at his high school with the left over money from his fundraiser.  He got this huge grin and asked us to call it the Ian Hassett Memorial Art Award.

This award is open to high school students at most high schools in the Santa Maria Valley (Righetti, Santa Maria, Pioneer, Delta & Orcutt Academy) as well as those who are homeschooled or attending a Charter high school. If you are interested in applying for this scholarship, you may download the application, visit the Career Center on your high school campus or speak to your art teacher.  The deadline for applying will be in the April 15, 2019. You can obtain information about this scholarship at info@ianmhassett.com.

In the spring of 2013, Ian's college art instructor, Marti Fast, asked if she could hold a one-man show of Ian's work on campus at the Foxworthy Gallery.  We were delighted and honored by the request.  From that, grew the idea to accept donations towards an art grant through the Santa Maria Arts Council.  The reception for the show turned out to be one the best attended openings the gallery had ever had and the Ian Hassett Memorial Art Grant was created to encourage emerging artists in our community by way of a $1,000 grant, awarded annually at the SMAC Grant Showcase held in the spring every year.  For information on applying for this Grant, please visit http://smartscouncil.org/.  The deadline for this grant is March 15, 2019.

To date, the Foundation has given out $14, 750 to emerging artists in our community.