tellermadsen grew out of Abrams, Teller & Madsen, a museum exhibit planning and design firm started in 1988. The current principals of tellermadsen, Alan Teller and Frank Madsen, are both designers and exhibit developers and have each worked at one time or another in the Exhibition Department at Chicago's Field Museum of Natural History.

Our personal experience includes teaching, design, photography and program development for several institutions. We have done the conceptual planning, development, and design for over 100 exhibits throughout the United States.

Alan Teller is a photographer, writer, teacher and researcher with experience in history, photography, anthropology, archival management, and materials conservation. His background is in anthropology and photography and he has taught classes from kindergarten through Graduate level. Alan founded the Inner-City Photo Workshop, a store-front center for high-school drop-outs on Chicago's westside, one of the city's most distressed neighborhoods. Later, he directed several projects for the Illinois Arts Council that resulted in the book Photography in the Classroom. He co-founded The Collected Image, providing photographs to collectors and museums and appraising photographic collections. Alan was Executive Producer for In the Shadow of Memory: The Legacy of Lidice, an award-winning documentary film about the continuing impact of tragedies, based on the Nazi destruction of a Czech village. He was photographic researcher for the Field Museum of Natural History, where he also taught classes on the history of photography and on the photograph as an anthropological document.

Alan has given over 70 lectures on photographic topics; on the role of the museum in society; and on exhibit design. He has published some 20 reviews and articles and has received numerous grants for community photography projects and arts and social issues programs. Alan has taught photography at Columbia College, Purdue University and the School of the Art Institute. At Lake Forest College, he taught in both the History and Art departments, offering courses on photography and anthropology; public history; and on museums and exhibits. Alan also served as Executive Director of the Adlai Stevenson Center on Democracy, where in addition to developing public programs he and Frank Madsen also designed a permanent exhibit on the life of the presidential candidate. Alan has exhibited his own photography since the 1970s, with work in many public and private collections. He is a recipient of a 2012 Illinois Arts Council Individual Artist's Grant as well as a recipient of a 2013 Fulbright-Nehru senior scholar award, for his work on an archive of photographs made in India in 1945 that he found at an estate sale. From November, 2013 to April, 2014, Alan will be based in India working on his Following the Box project.

Alan's responsibilities at tellermadsen include developing proposals, research, scriptwriting, media treatments and production, exhibit development and conceptual design.

Alan's extensive lecturing and teaching experience includes Harvard, Purdue, Rochester Institute of Technology, McGill, Columbia College, and the Chicago Art Institute. His writings have appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times, Exposure, Afterimage, and the Journal of American Photography. He has received numerous grants for exhibit and program support, and for arts and social issues projects. In 1998, he was Executive Producer for "In the Shadow of Memory: The Legacy of Lidice," an award-winning documentary film exploring the aftermath of tragedy.

Frank Madsen joined the Field Museum at the beginning of their Exhibition Department. He designed numerous exhibits including Eskimo Masks, New Spirit in Search of the Past, and Illinois by the Sea. He taught Industrial, Product, & Exhibit Design for the Institute of Design at the Illinois Institute of Technology, and founded ExhibitStaff (1975-1987) to design interpretive exhibits for museums, visitor centers, and governmental agencies.

Frank has lectured for the National Association of Museum Exhibitors, the American Association of Museums, the Midwest Museums Conference, the Industrial Design Society of America, the University of Wisconsin, Exhibit Builder's Expo, the Indiana State Museum, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He has won awards from the Council of Illinois Historical Societies and Museums, and the prestigious Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH).

Frank's responsibilities at tellermadsen include developing proposals, conceptual design, exhibit design, and project management. Lately, he has lectured on the exhibit design implications of the Americans with Disabilities Act and its associated regulations.