Eric Madsen was born in Texas, and raised on the High Plains of the Texas Panhandle. A University of Houston graduate, he began his graphic design career in Houston and spent six years with Culberson, Glass & DuBose, which became the Kelvin Group, before moving to Minneapolis in 1973.
In Minneapolis, after an initial association as a graphic designer with the industrial design firm Fernandez & Rubin, he had partnerships in both Frink, Casey & Madsen, and Madsen & Kuester. He founded The Office of Eric Madsen in 1991. A small sampling of his work is represented in the Design portion of this site.
That work has been recognized nationally and internationally by organizations and publications such as the AIGA (the professional association for design), the Society of Typographic Arts, the Society of Publication Designers, the Type Director's Club of New York; magazines such as Allied Arts, Communication Arts, Critique, Idea (Japan), Graphis, Print; and, by the Art Director's Clubs of Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, and New York.
He is an AIGA Fellow, and a past member of the national Board of Directors of the AIGA. Additionally, he has chaired the nominating committee for that Board, and for three years, also chaired the AIGA 50 Book 50 Covers competition. He is a founding member of the AIGA Minnesota chapter, one of its first three elected officers at the organization's inception as the Minnesota Graphic Designers Association in 1977, and has served on its board on three separate occasions.
Mr. Madsen is a Vietnam Era veteran of the United States Army, serving during the years 1967-69. He also served as a member of the Board of Trustees for the College of Visual Arts, and on the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Center for Book Arts. Appointed by the Postmaster General, he was honored to serve on the Citizen's Stamp Advisory Committee of the United States Postal Service, where he was selected for the role of Design Subcommittee chair later in his term.
He premiered his fine art series Carlyle's Tools in a one-man show at the College of Visual Arts Gallery in Saint Paul. That work has additionally been recognized by the Minneapolis Foundation, the Miller Art Museum, the Francis Hardy Center for the Arts, the Lake Pepin Art & Design Center, and the Washington Pavilion for the Arts. At the 30th Annual Juried Exhibition held at the Miller Art Museum, he was awarded the Gerhard Miller Award of Excellence Gold Medal for his artwork.