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Chad Jensen
Chad Jensen

“My connection to craft and materials is also my connection to my beloved father who taught me the importance of labor and who demonstrated great pride in working with his hands.   Through that experience, I learned how dexterity and craft can transcend boundaries, languages, and cultures.”                                 - Chad Jensen Artist/Designer, Chad Jensen, comes from a lineage of makers who demonstrate a deep reverence for materials and processes. Growing up just outside of Detroit, MI, Jensen credits his unique exposure to automotive design, manufacturing, and innovation, for shaping his vision of what is possible when creativity and industry converge. In the late 1990’s, when the electronic music scene was exploding in Detroit, Jensen would frequent many of the illegal parties held in abandoned buildings of the once booming manufacturing capital. The excitement and electricity of being part of a cultural revolution of music and art in Detroit continues to inform his unduplicated approach to art and design. Among the vivid influences from his childhood, frequent visits to the Detroit Institute of Arts to see Diego Rivera’s Detroit Industry Frescoes solidified the connection between art, industry, and hand. Early in his Fall semester of 1999, while studying business, a life-altering, near-fatal motorcycle collision rendered Jensen in a weeks-long coma. Following a grueling recovery, Jensen applied to the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, going on to earn a BFA in Crafts, Interdisciplinary Studies, with a specialization in sculptural furniture. Jensen is one of the first graduates of the innovative new program, where he studied under renowned industrial designers and American modern masters in the studio arts; receiving a formal education in wood, metals, hot glass, ceramics, and fibers. His professional career now spans more than 25 years in art, furniture, interiors, and architecture. He is an internationally exhibited artist and designer, participating in exhibitions from The Baker Museum-Naples to ICFF-New York and Shanghai Art Fair-China. His work has been published in Interior Design Magazine, Art Basel Guide-Miami, and Casa da Abitare-China, he was also recently named a Top 100 Business Leader by Naples Illustrated Magazine, one of Gulfshore Life Magazine’s Men & Women of the Year for his unwavering advocacy for arts and culture. In 2013, Jensen founded Method & Concept, as a division of Thomas Riley Companies.  A true pioneer of contemporary art in Southwest Florida, Jensen uniquely combined his passion for arts advocacy with his design acumen and dexterity to form the inimitable model they have today.

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Sarah Baker

Art & Design Coordinator

Sarah Baker is inspired by artist studio practices and as the Art and Design Coordinator at METHOD & CONCEPT she is dedicated to supporting the creative process. A graduate of Florida Gulf Coast University, Fine Art program, Sarah is active in the SWFL art & design culture and is an artist in her own right.Integrating her skillset at a maker with expertise and knowledge of fibers and textiles, Sarah collaborates with METHOD & CONCEPT teams to provide an informed experience for art collectors and interior design clients.

Yose Alonso

Associate Interior Designer

Yoselin Alonso is an Interior Designer who focuses on functional design and believes in constructing exclusive spaces that evoke emotion. Incorporating the unique diversity of each client, her design details are profound, ensuring one-of-a-kind personalized spaces. A graduate of University of Florida’s College of Design, Alonso harnesses conceptual and practical skills that bring spaces to life from planning and construction through to the finest of details. Having grown up around construction and design, Alonso is eager to make her mark in the design world as a part of the METHOD & CONCEPT team.

Amy Jensen

Gallery Manager

At METHOD & CONCEPT, Amy is a champion for artists and coordinates season exhibitions and special events as well as outreach and community projects working closely with artists, collectors and community partners. Drawing from an arts education and two decades of experience working in the arts and for non-profit institutions, Amy actively advocates for arts & culture and enhanced quality of life through her work as Gallery Manager for METHOD & CONCEPT and in the local community.

Chad Jensen

Creative Director & Managing Partner

Chad Jensen is an artist, furniture maker, designer, and the Founding Director of METHOD & CONCEPT. He is a true advocate for the arts, his work and the gallery’s programming both demonstrate the symbiotic relationship between contemporary craft, fine art, and design.

In 2013, Jensen established METHOD & CONCEPT under the umbrella of Thomas Riley Companies, merging his advocacy for the arts with his innate talent for making and designing. Today, the gallery represents over 20 independent fine artists worldwide, while the design team showcases an impressive portfolio ranging from bespoke furniture pieces to legacy estates on the Gulf of Mexico and secluded private island homes.

Jensen’s professional career now spans more than 25 years in art, furniture, interiors, and architecture. He is an internationally exhibited artist and designer, participating in exhibitions from The Baker Museum-Naples to ICFF-New York and Shanghai Art Fair-China. His work has been published in Interior Design Magazine, Art Basel Guide-Miami, and Casa da Abitare-China, he was also recently named a Top 100 Business Leader by Naples Illustrated Magazine, and one of Gulfshore Life Magazine’s Men & Women of the Year for his unwavering advocacy for arts and culture.

Recognized as an active leader for Arts & Culture in Southwest Florida, Jensen is a Founding Director of the Naples Design District, where he continues to serve on the Executive Board, helping to lead the charge on public art and community initiatives. He is a Past President & Current Advisory Board Member of United Arts Collier (UAC) / Current Art Gallery Advisory Board Member - Florida Gulf Coast University / Current Advisory Board Member - Naples Illustrated Magazine / Frequent Guest Speaker & Juror - Florida Gulf Coast University / Past Advisory Board Member for Accreditation of Digital Media Design - Florida Gulf Coast University.