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
Hannah Johnson is the Gallery & Design Coordinator at METHOD & CONCEPT. She helps to manage the company’s day-to-day operations, including artist, client, and vendor liaison, design project management, and social media. She also oversees the gallery internship program.
Johnson is an expert in the careful handling, storage, installation and logistics of artwork and holds a deep respect for fabrication. She is trained in the standards of AIC and has worked for several years as a Conservation Technician and studied at the Lorenzo ‘de Medici International Institute in Florence, Italy.
An artist in her own right, Johnson’s multi-media artwork reflects her strong commitment to process and the exploration of time and consciousness. A graduate of Florida Gulf Coast University with a BA in Art, she also received the Vitelli Arts and Culture Tour Grant in 2013.
“My appreciation for art is rooted in process and it’s cultural relevance to society.”
Amy Jensen is the Gallery Assistant at METHOD & CONCEPT, where she provides strategic and administrative support in streamlining the gallery’s mission 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.
In 2015, in collaboration with METHOD & CONCEPT, Jensen launched ARTHOUSE, a large-scale interactive installation that presents artwork created by the children at Youth Haven, Southwest Florida’s only emergency and residential youth shelter. 100% of the proceeds raised from ARTHOUSE go to fund their art enrichment program.
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.
“I am fascinated by the artist spirit and believe that it exists in everyone.”