Abigail Plott

Jessica Gudino Lua

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.

The deadline for applying is May 1, 2022.
You can obtain information about this scholarship at info@ianmhassett.com.



To date, the Foundation has given out $19, 750 to emerging artists in our community.

Ian Hassett Memorial Art Award
We are pleased to announce the winner for the 2022 Ian Hassett Memorial Art Awards - Jessica Gudino Lua from Santa Maria High School and Abigial Plott from Orcutt Academy.  


Abigial is mostly self-taught but has progressed in her work during her high school studies with plans to continue her education at Allan Hancock College.   Her passion for art is undeniable and our judges noted that,  "We like how you are attending to the entire composition and creating strong backgrounds. It is impressive to see that you already have an emerging style in your portfolio and we encourage you to continue exploring that. Your shading and painting technique in the self portrait is extremely well done. Your work is an interesting juxtaposition of playful and mature. Well done."  She states that her goal in creating art is "to make myself and an audience feel something, anything by looking at my work.  


Jessica's talent could not be missed and we are pleased to have our first winner from Santa Maria High School  The judges were very impressed with her attention to detail and states, "Your portfolio is a study in contrasts- from beautiful shaded Jokers to racoons playing pokes and screaming hamsters. The playful work is really amusing, but your skill really shines through in the darker more serious works. We encourage you to bring that same time and intensity into the “fun” drawings. You have shown an impressive range with graphite techniques. We would like to see you explore more background themes in your portraits."  Jessica is goal-oriented and plans to attend Cal Poly.





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