Sioux City, Iowa - Briar Cliff University has received a generous grant from the Gilchrist Foundation to advance the University's Advancing the Students' Creative Spirit for a Lifetime initiative. The initiative is designed to enhance the art facilities for visual art students at BCU.
With Gilchrist's support, Briar Cliff's art department, based in North Hall on BCU's campus, will renovate their ceramics and pottery studio into a multi-disciplined workspace for pottery and ceramics as well as introduce metal sculpting and Raku Kiln firing.
"The updates to our facility will strenghen the fine arts curriculum for students at BCU," says Nan Wilson, an associate professor and chair of Briar Cliff's Department of Art. "Our mission is to prepare students for successful careers as practicing artists and art teachers. The Gilchrist grant will ensure we can continue our mission for future students who count on Briar Cliff for excellence in art education."
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 Gilchrist Foundation supported renovations to the University's theater.