Chad Jensen is an artist, furniture maker, designer, and the Founding Director of METHOD & CONCEPT. Jensen 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.
Jensen’s professional career spans over 20 years, working in mixed-media art, product and interior design. One of the first graduates of Detroit’s College for Creative Studies’ interdisciplinary art and design program, 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.
In 2013, Jensen launched METHOD & CONCEPT as a division of Thomas Riley Companies, to represent international emerging, mid-career and established artists and designers. Jensen has exhibited numerous artists including Matthew Shlian, Peter Zimmermann, Tadao Cern, and Kim Keever.
In addition to his work at METHOD & CONCEPT, Jensen is an active leader in Naples’ cultural landscape. He is the Founding Director and serves on the Executive Board of the Naples Design District and the United Arts Council of Collier County, where he served as president for two terms. Jensen also serves on the Advisory Board of Digital Media Design at Florida Gulf Coast University, where he is a frequent guest speaker, gallery juror and student mentor.
As an artist, he has exhibited at The Baker Museum in Naples, FL; Rudolf Budja Gallery, Miami; as well as Guinevere, London. He has participated in international art fairs such as the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York, NY and the Shanghai Art Fair, China. In 2014, Jensen designed a limited-edition furniture collection that was presented during New York Design Week. Interior Design, Art Basel Guide and Casa da Abitare have featured his work.
“Without an understanding of the fundamental properties and characteristics of materials, one can never truly design with them in mind. The insight gained through the process can never be fully imagined by a ‘designer’ who does not have that physical connection with the work.” – Chad Jensen
At METHOD & CONCEPT Susan provides strategic support to the Director and manages the company’s day-to-day operations, including artist, client, and vendor liaison as well as design project management.
With almost two decades of business management experience in creative fields in Boston and New York, including architecture, interior design, and the studio of an Internationally renowned artist; Susan uses her background to continue to cultivate a major market feel that is in-line with Method & Concept’s mission and vision.
“I am passionate about learning and sharing what is behind the scenes of the artists’ process, it gives the viewer a new appreciation for the maker, to provide a relatable experience for both art collectors and people who simply appreciate art”.
Amy Jensen is the Gallery Coordinator at METHOD & CONCEPT, focused on special projects and exhibitions to provide a unique exhibition, design and production experience that is at once educational and deeply impactful.
She draws from over a decade of nonprofit experience working at the intersection of arts enrichment and social causes. In addition to her position at METHOD & CONCEPT, she works closely with local non-profit organizations who advocate for children’s empowerment through the arts as well as community endeavors that enhance local culture and enrich quality of life.
An artist and musician in her own right, Jensen began her studies at the collegiate institute, The Windsor Center for the Creative Arts. She went on to study Advertising Business before returning to her creative roots in the department of fine arts at the University of Windsor.
“Creativity is expressed in such individualistic ways; I am fascinated by the artist spirit and believe that it exists in everyone.”