MTSU students ‘singing the blues’ with Sherwin-Wil...

MTSU students ‘singing the blues’ with Sherwin-Williams Sept. 18

MTSU’s interior design majors will be giving their full range of expression to all that “true blue” means in a fun, family-friendly event set for Thursday, Sept. 18.

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The MTSU student chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers, also known as ASID, will present “Singing the Blues” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 18 at Oaklands Historic House Museum, located at 900 N. Maney Ave. in Murfreesboro.

The event, which will explore the history, symbolism, psychology and uses of the color in design, is free and open to the public.

Amanda Farris-Gilliland, lead decorative product specialist for Sherwin-Williams, will discuss decorative uses of the color blue from Renaissance art to the cultivation and manufacture of dyes.

“We’ll see how our ancestors found ‘blue’ in nature and used it in art, architecture and clothing,” Farris-Gilliland said.

The lecture will be preceded by a reception from 5 to 6:15 p.m. in Oaklands’ Maney Hall. Attendees are encouraged to wear blue clothing, and door prizes will be awarded for the best blue attire.

Farris-Gilliland, who is her company’s industry partner representative for ASID, said it is important for future designers to have mentors to make sure they have everything they need to succeed.

“We must be able to cultivate the next generation of designers and emphasize the importance of networking to them,” Farris-Gilliland said.

For more information, contact Deborah Belcher, chair of the MTSU Department of Human Sciences, at 615-898-2302 or

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