Splash Pad Mural by Chad Elliott

Photo of mural

This beautiful mural by Chad Elliott will be located near the new splash pad in Crouse Park, off Highway 18 in Sparta, NC.

Midwest singer-songwriter Chad Elliott blends folk roots, swampy blues and soulful writing to deliver an original Americana sound. His live performances have been honed over a decade of being on the road performing more than 200 shows each year. Elliott is lauded as “Iowa’s Renaissance man” by Culture Buzz Magazine. He has penned more than 1,500 songs in his career while also cultivating his skills as a painter, sculptor, illustrator and author (Wilderman’s Treetop Tales; Rumble & Flash).

About the Artist

Chad Elliott’s Artist Philosophy

Chad Elliott strives to create music and art that inspires, uplifts and moves his audience emotionally by relating life experiences through dream-like imagery. In his Wilderman’s exhibit series, he additionally hopes to inspire families to think about creating and nature as a whole mind project through painting, writing and song.



Chad Elliott’s Artist Biography

Elliott is a graduate of Graceland University in Lamoni, IA with a bachelor of arts in ceramics and has since collected graduate credits from the University of Montana in Missoula, MT. Early in his career, he was recognized for his artistic ability by being chosen as the “Best of Show” at the Iowa Student Artists Exhibit in 1995.

In 2008 Elliott created the first-ever “People Project,” an ephemeral artwork for the organization ArtsLIVE during the University of Okoboji Winter Games in Okoboji, IA. During the Project he positioned 175 people on the ice of a frozen lake in the shape of a stylized turtle, which was photographed from an airplane.

At the Guthrie Grove Camp in Guthrie Center, IA, Elliott has created murals with youth. He has also

created large murals for businesses including Shaky Tree Coffee and Farmers Trust & Savings Bank, both in Spencer, IA. His recent mural work includes two 5 foot by 12 foot canvas paintings installed in 2012 in the newly renovated Spencer Community Theatre. He also completed a 16 foot by 40 foot landscape mural in 2013 on the side of Mohr Lumber in Coon Rapids, IA to commemorate the town‘s sesquicentennial. In Pampa, TX, Elliott installed a mural titled “This Land is Your Land” at the Woody Guthrie Folk Music Center.

Elliott has served as an artist in residence for TreeBed Design in Vallejo, CA in 2004 as well as Arts on Grand in Spencer, IA from 2005-2008. Currently he completes commission work from Elliott Art Studio in his home in Lamoni, IA.


Many thanks to our generous supporters!

State funds – This project was supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

Alleghany Arts Council • PO Box 962 • Sparta, NC 28675 • 336-209-0475

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