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 is April 1, 2017. 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 $8,000 to emerging artists in our community.

On May 9, 2016 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 Derick Edwards.  A talented young man whose composition and style earned his place as this year's winner.


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
The 2016 recipient of the $1,000 Ian Hassett Memorial Art Award, was awarded on June 1st to senior,
Hannah Weekley, a graduate of the Family Partnership Charter School.
‚ÄčOur judges chose from a diverse group of seniors from various public and private high schools in the Santa Maria Valley.  Hannah displayed a natural, intuitive gift which she has just begun to explore.  Her use of color and attention to detail set her apart from the other applicants.  There was a sweetness to her work that was refreshing and uplifting and we are proud to honor her this year.