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About

Combine art and business and get your exhibit completed by diverse talent, 25 years of expertise, creative award winning designs, proven process and the best guarantee in the industry.

OUR STORY
WE ARE A COMBINATION OF ART AND BUSINESS

You can depend on the expertise we have developed after 25 years in business and completing over 400 projects.

With award-winning designs in our portfolio and a long-term staff we have the creativity needed to engage your visitors in memorable experiences.

Proven project management that gives you the assurance of meeting schedules and budgets while being consistently informed along the way.

Fully staffed with designers, estimators, project managers and fabricators, Taylor Studios Inc. has the in house capabilities your project requires.

A fully equipped 65,000 square foot production department ensures Taylor Studios Inc. has capability and capacity to meet schedules on multiple projects.

Designed and built to last - the best guarantee in the industry

Isn’t it embarrassing to have a sign on your exhibit saying “down for repair?” How do your visitors react to broken exhibits? How do the people that support you financially feel when they see broken down exhibits?

Now you have a partner that will be there for ten years after installation. You can rest easy and trust that you have 25 years of developed process and quality assurance going into your project. You will get the combination of art and business to create engaging experiences for your visitors.

The real trick is hiring an exhibit design/build partner that you can count on for years to come to eliminate the hassle of “out of service” exhibits. Taylor Studios, Inc. knows exhibits are meant to last at least a decade. This is the demand in the industry and we fill it. Now you have a partner that will be there for ten years after installation to correct any fixes. After 25 years fabricating exhibits we back our processes and quality and offer you peace of mind that we will be there for you to offer a solution.

You should do everything you can to hire a partner that excels at cutting edge exhibit design and fabrication and also backs it up with a 10 year warranty.

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OUR PROMISE
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Our mission

To create products and experiences that inspire people.

INTEGRITY AND HONESTY

Taylor Studios will always act with the highest level of honesty and integrity in all business practices.  A high level of personal integrity and honesty is expected of everyone at Taylor Studios.  We will communicate in an honest, accurate, and factual manner.  We will make no ethical compromises.  Success with the highest standard of integrity is the only true success.

PROFITABILITY

We recognize that financial health is a prerequisite to our company’s success.  We must create capital to establish opportunity and prosperity for each person at Taylor Studios.  We are dedicated to operating profitably and strive to improve the value of Taylor Studios.

RELATIONSHIPS

We value our staff and our clients and the mutually strong relationships between them.

SOCIETAL VALUE

Our products and services will be beneficial to society.  We promote stewardship of nature, history, and culture.

IMPROVEMENT

We will continually strive to improve our knowledge, our working environment, and our products.

Meet the team

BETTY BRENNAN
BETTY BRENNAN
President
  • Has horse-backed through parts of Africa, Ireland, and Spain. 
  • Grew up farming corn, beans and beef cattle in Streator, IL. 
  • Loves business, nature, adventure, horses, learning, museums and travel. 
  • Can text and ride a horse at the same time. 
  • Once hit by a raccoon while on a 5am bicycle ride!
BETTY BRENNAN

President

Jason Cox
Jason Cox
Creative Director

Three favorite words: Green Bay Packer. Has seen every Will Ferrel movie twice. Loves nature and family. Self-taught and fluent in whale and dolphin language!

JASON COX

Creative Director

Samantha Osborne
Samantha Osborne
Marketing Manager

(Attempts to) grow a killer veggie garden each year. Named dog named Link, short for Lincoln, after Abraham Lincoln. Loves bluegrass music, psychological thriller movies, and trying new recipes. Was once thrown from a killer horse but lived to tell. Makes odd facial expressions without realizing it!

SAMANTHA OSBORNE

Marketing Manager

Brant Hendricks
Brant Hendricks
PMO Manager

Thinks numbers are sexy. Is a die-hard U of I fan. Loves golf. Has a toe deformity!

BRANT HENDRICKS

PMO Manager

Jackie Ritter
Jackie Ritter
Design manager
  • Is obsessed with organization – closets, cabinets, or files, it doesn’t matter. 
  • Enjoys remodeling her house and refurbishing furniture. 
  • Has a sheer disgust for the smell of bananas. 
  • Claims she can read her dog’s mind!
JACKIE RITTER

Design Manager

Drew Levan
Drew Levan
Account executive and project estimator

Obsessed with Wikipedia. Dreams of living in a barn-house one day. Knows how to square dance!

DREW LEVAN

Account Executive & Project Estimator

Molly Fullan
Molly Fullan
Project manager

Versed in Irish dance. Watches cartoons. Does theater set design on the side!

MOLLY FULLAN

Project Manager

Amanda Polk
Amanda Polk
Project Manager

My life currently revolves around my dogs Bruce, Oliver, and my shared custody dog Vincent.

I can paint, sculpt, draw, design, make jewelry, crochet, and did wedding photography for a while.

I love horror movies, Halloween, and skulls.

AMANDA POLK

Project Manager

MARC DAMS
MARC DAMS
Model Department Lead

Owns and operates a 10K square foot haunted house each season. Loves comic books. Is wildly skilled at sculpting. Makes his own deodorant from scratch!

MARC DAMS

Models Department Lead

Spencer Ely
Spencer Ely
Woodshop lead

Remodels kitchens in his spare time. Plays the drums & loves motocross. Proud father of five. Used to get perms!

SPENCER ELY

Woodshop Lead

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This could be you! What’s special about you? Start an exciting career at Taylor Studios Inc. Visit our career section.

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Join Our Team

Awards

You may want to know what the rest of the world thinks of our work. Here is a shortened list of some of the awards we have won.

NAI (National Association for Interpretation)

2010 NAI Media Awards – Wayside Exhibits Category, 2nd place: “LIFE in Desert Extremes” Living Desert Zoo & Gardens State Park, Carlsbad, NM

2011 NAI Media Awards – Interior Exhibits Category, 3rd place: “Wisdom of the Wild” Killen’s Pond State Park Nature Center, Felton, DE

2011 NAI Media Awards – Digital Media Category, 3rd place: “Explore your Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge Touchscreen Interactive” Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, Basking Ridge, NJ

2012 NAI Media Awards – Interior Exhibits Category, 2nd place: “Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park” Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park, Prairie Grove, AR

2012 NAI Media Awards – Interior Exhibits Category, 3rd place: “Encountering Fort Totten” Fort Totten State Historic Site, Fort Totten, ND

2014 NAI Media Awards – Digital Media Category, 1st place: “Tidal Changes Spin Browser” USFWS Edwin Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, Galloway, NJ

Department of Defense

2013 Above and Beyond Award; Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve

Inc. 500 & 5000

2000 Inc. 500 Small Business

2007 Inc. 5000 Small Business

2009 Inc. 5000 Small Business

Graphic Design USA

2004 American Graphic Design Award – Texas Tech University, “A Changing World” Exhibit

2004 American Graphic Design Award – Stone Mountain, “A Landscape in Motion” Exhibit

2011 American Graphic Design Award – Best Environment, Killens Pond State Park Nature Center

TEA (Themed Entertainment Association)

2009 Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement (AOA) – Audubon Insectarium, New Orleans, LA

American Association for State and Local History

2011 Award of Merit – “Embracing Change: The Growth of Grayslake,” Grayslake, IL

LOCAL

American Advertising Federation of Central Illinois

2003 CHAAMP Award – 3D Design – Miller Park Zoo “Journey Through the Rainforest” Exhibit

2004 CHAAMP Award – Best Environmental Display

2006 ADDY Silver Award – Environmental Graphics – Streator Historical Society

2004 Illinois Association of Museums – Superior Achievement – Geneva History Center Exhibits

2007 Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Award, Landmarks Illinois – Ford County History Museum

2011 Illinois Association of Museums – Superior Achievement Award – Embracing Change: The Growth of Grayslake

Design and built to last. We promise