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The 17th mural in the campaign is displayed on a storage barn owned by Brad and Vickie Studard, and their sons Will and Luke, in Dyersburg.
The 90-foot mural exposes approximately 11,600 travelers a day to the message of UT’s statewide presence and impact and is visible from I-155 East and State Route 182. It is located at 3000 Lenox Nauvoo Road in Dyersburg.
Luke graduated from UT Martin in 2017 with an engineering degree, and Will graduated from UT Martin in 2021 with a degree in agricultural business/management. Their aunt, Janet Fowlkes, also graduated from UT Martin in 1980.
“When I saw the mural in Weakley County on the grain bin, it wasn’t just an advertisement for UT, but really showed what UT is all about,” Will said. “Coming from an agricultural background and seeing the mural on a grain bin really caught my attention, it shows a little bit of how involved UT is in the agriculture community.”
3000 Lenox-Nauvoo Rd
Painting a 40-foot mural on a metal grain bin in 90-degree heat calls for a special type of artist.
Troy Freeman started his mural painting career while still in high school, painting mascots for his and area schools before advancing to sign painting work for local farmers and then founding his own business.
Free Sky Studios, Inc. is a Springfield, Illinois, based professional mural and sign painting business providing commercial and residential clients with a professional source for quality, creative work. With more than 20 years of experience, Troy focuses on delivering quality service marked with exceptional talent and professionalism in every project.
From a 65-foot corn cob to 4-story Frank Lloyd Wright tribute mural, Troy has the experience and expertise to tackle any location we envision.