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) as well as those who are homeschooled or attending a Charter high school. IMPORTANT NOTICE: THIS YEAR WE WILL BE AWARDING TWO (2) $1,000 ART GRANTS TO HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS. DUE TO THE CLOSURE OF SCHOOL BECAUSE TO COVID-19, WE'VE MADE A FEW CHANGES - YOUR TRANSCRIPT WILL NOT BE NEEDED. IF POSSIBLE, PLEASE SUPPLY US WITH JUST ONE REFERENCE, PREFERABLY FROM YOUR ART TEACHER. ELECTRONIC APPLICATIONS MAY BE SUBMITTED VIA OUR EMAIL ADDRESS - INFO@IANMHASSETT.COM. IF YOU NEED TO MAIL US SOMETHING, PLEASE CONTACT US AND WE WILL SUPPLY YOU WITH THE ADDRESS.
The deadline for applying is May 1, 2021.
You can obtain information about this scholarship at info@ianmhassett.com.



To date, the Foundation has given out $17, 750 to emerging artists in our community.

Due to the pandemic this year, the Santa Maria Arts Grants had to be cancelled.  In light of this cancellation, we opted to award two Ian Hassett Memorial Art Awards to local high school students (please see announcement above).  We hope to return to the Grants Showcase next year!


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
We are pleased to announce the winners for the 2020 Ian Hassett Memorial Art Award.  We had several outstanding applicants again this year and two stood out.  The 2020 winners were Grace Schlereth from Righetti High School and Joley Smith from Orcutt Academy.  Both of these young artists brought a distinct style and voice to their work; our judges were also impressed by their goals and passion to continue to reach people through art.  With Joley's work they saw a strong voice and emotion in her pieces, as well as a maturity to her paintings.  In Grace they saw excellent technical skills and attention to detail, as well as promising work in her life drawings.  Through both of these young artists, the Foundation is pleased to be able to continue Ian's dream of assisting emerging artists to continue to pursue their passion for art.


NOTE:  ALL ARTWORK DISPLAYED IS THE SOLE PROPERTY OF THE INDIVIDUAL ARTIST AND ALL COPYRIGHT LAWS APPLY.  IT IS ILLEGAL TO COPY OR REPRODUCE ANY ARTWORK WITHOUT THE PERMISSION OF THE INDIVIDUAL ARTIST.

Joley Smith

Grace Schlereth