Ian M Hassett Foundation

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) If you are interested in applying for this scholarship, you may download the visit the Career Center on your high school campus or speak to your art teacher.  The deadline for applying will be in the Spring of 2018 (date to be announced here later). 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.


To date, the Foundation has given out $11,000 to emerging artists in our community.

On May 15, 2017, we awarded the $1,000 Ian 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 Rachel Shedd.  Rachel is no stranger to our foundation having won our grant three years ago.  Her talent speaks for itself and she plans to pursue her art interests at a university this Fall.  Way to go Rachel and good luck at college!


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 Hassett Memorial Art Grant

Ian Hassett Memorial Art Award
This year, there was a tie between two artists for the 2017 Ian Hassett Memorial Art Award.  Two, $1000 awards were given out on May 29 to Righetti High School Seniors
Destiny Cavonn and Kiniko Ishiki‚ÄčOur judges chose from a diverse group of seniors from various public and private high schools in the Santa Maria Valley.  Both Destiny and Kuniko showed equally amazing talent in their own mediums which caused our judges to declare a tie.  We are proud to honor both of these young women this year!