SIOUX CITY | Briar Cliff University in Sioux City has received a $20,000 grant from the Gilchrist Foundation that will be used to enhance art facilities for visual art students.

Briar Cliff’s art department, based in North Hall, will use the Gilchrist grant to renovate the ceramics and pottery studio into a multi-discipline workspace for pottery and ceramics, as well as introduce metal sculpting and Raku Kiln firing.

“The updates to our facility will strengthen the fine arts curriculum for students at BCU,” Nan Wilson, associate professor and chair of Briar Cliff’s Department of Art, said in a release.

This is the second Gilchrist Foundation grant Briar Cliff has received in support of its Advancing the Students’ Creative Spirit for a Lifetime initiative. A previous grant from the foundation aided renovations to the university theater.

The mission of the Gilchrist Foundation is to further the philanthropy of its founder, Jocelyn Gilchrist, and her family, who had wide interests that embraced wildlife, conservation, the arts, public broadcasting and disaster relief.