ORANGE COUNTY, NC (February 27, 2017) – The Orange County Arts Commission, in partnership with Orange County Animal Services, announces the selection of Mark Elliott for the Art for Animals public art project. 

Elliott was born and raised in Detroit, Mich. He received a BFA from UNC Chapel Hill. After graduating, Elliott moved to Italy where he maintained a studio In Umbria for three years. Upon returning to the States he settled in New York City and maintained a studio there for many years.

Mark returned to North Carolina in the 1980s and built a house and studio where he remains today. Elliott is primarily a sculptor, working in steel, clay and wood. He also makes prints, paintings and collages. His work is represented in private, public and corporate collections all over the world.

The sculpture will be located on the campus of Orange County Animal Services. The committee hopes to unveil the piece by June 1, 2017.

“The selection panel was drawn to the playful nature and bright colors of Mark’s work, and felt that his creation would be a cheerful, welcoming greeter outside the facility’s front door,” said Katie Murray, Director of the Orange County Arts Commission.

For more information, please visit the commission’s website at, call 919-245-2335 or email


Created in 1985 as the official government agency on the arts by a Resolution of the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC), the Orange County Arts Commission (OCAC) serves as a clearinghouse for arts information, facilitator of arts programs & advisor to the Orange County Board of County Commissioners regarding the arts. As the Designated County Partner (DCP) of the North Carolina Arts Council in Orange County since 1985, the OCAC is responsible for sub-granting state and county funds to arts organizations, schools and artists throughout the county.  Our mission is to promote and strengthen the artistic and cultural development of Orange County, North Carolina.