Our mission is to streamline the art commission process.
Our passion is to transform spaces by making great commissions happen.
We build tools that make it easy to find and hire the best artist for your commission.
Post an RFP
Tell the world about your commission opportunity by posting to our RFP Listings, the largest list of commissioned art RFPs and RFQs. We provide a simple form that walks you through the listing process. FREE.
Blast out your RFP twice directly to the largest creative community in the commissioned art world - 17,000+ experienced artists and other creative professionals.
Send out your RFP Blast, then organize applications with our easy-to-use RFP Manage tool. Review applications as they are submitted in real time.
The whole process is done for you! From initial concept to artist selection, our RFP Specialist will handle all of the details of the RFP process.
Post an RFP:
There's an ocean of talent out there.
- Post your RFP/RFQ for free
- Your project will be published online for our local and international artists
- Listings can be filtered by location, budget, deadline, and more
The one place where award winners are the norm.
- We’ll send your RFP email announcement twice, targeting up to 17,000 international artists by profession and medium
- Only CODAworx is connected to leading artists from all over the world, artists who can make magic and transform spaces, on time and on budget
- Why? Over 30 years of experience and building trust in the commissioned art community. Since 1985, our founders have amassed unmatched industry knowledge of the commissioning process.
High powered software for the art world.
- Simplifies the art commission process. Starting with RFP Blast, the RFP Toolkit sends your RFP twice to leading artists around the world.
- Then, you and your committee can review responses in real time with our online application management tool, RFP Manage.
- From day one, visually consistent portfolios show all critical applicant information in one screen -- Multiple viewers can see submissions in real time using our RFP Toolkit.
How it Works
Tell us what you seek
Select the type of artist you want to reach with our targeted email tool.
Receive numerous applications
Artist teams submit images of previous work and detailed bios.
Review and select your favorites
Preview applications of amazing work and choose the artists you want to work with.
How about a helping hand?
- Or do you just want us to do the work for you? We can do that too. Our RFP Services team is here to oblige with a custom package.
- From start to finish, we can handle all of the details of the RFP process, working closely with your key stakeholders and decision makers.
- Resulting in amazing art commissions that meet your specific goals, dreams, and visions.
Opportunities for artists and creative teams
View the RFP Listings
Start here. View the largest, carefully curated listings of commission opportunities. The projects are international, local, small, and large scale. Read a brief description of the private and public commissions happening today, save your favorites, and click to apply directly on a commissioner's website.
Apply on CODAworx
RFPs that are managed through the CODAworx RFP Toolkit can be applied to through our website. These RFPs can be found with an "Apply" button in the RFP Listings. Both Basic and Profile members (Creative + Industry) can apply to these commissions and include CODAworx project links.
Receive Weekly RFP Updates
CODAworx Creative and Industry Profile members are privy to new commissions first. You receive weekly email updates with the newest RFPs added to our Listings and Toolkit, and reminders of RFPs with a deadline in the next 7 days.
Have questions? Contact Member Services at (608) 467-3040 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s the hiring of an artist or creative team to create a piece of art or an art installation for a specific space - interior, architectural, or public area. Art commissions involve collaboration, because for the artist, making art is not simply about the work, but about working with others to enhance the space - resulting in more inspired and innovative environments.
RFP means "request for proposal." It is the process used by commissioners to find and hire an artist or creative team for a commissioned art project. Related international terms include a Call for Entries, Expressions of Interest (EOI), or Request for Tender (RFT).
The RFP process usually starts with a RFQ document, which is a “request for qualifications,” used to pre-qualify applicants. In the document a commissioner includes site details, budget, contact information, and the project objectives.
Applicants respond to the RFQ by submitting at a minimum a letter of interest, a resume/cv, and samples of past commissioned projects.
After reviewing the applications, a commissioner will then select a few artists or creative teams to submit a full proposal. At this point, artists are provided an honorarium to create a design proposal.
Benefits of starting with a RFQ:
- Attracts more artists since it’s a simpler first step
- Saves time for the commissioner in reviewing full proposals later
That's a common early question. Often the very first question asked.
It's common to come into this process not knowing if it's the kind of project that costs $50,000 or $5 million. Often, people say they have no sense of the cost of the artwork they have in mind.
The solution: Use the CODAworx site and find artwork you like and see what those art commissions cost. You may learn that what you have in your budget is enough.
Again, this is a common question. Typically, for a larger commission, it will take the artist a year, and sometimes more. Sometimes the fabricators and foundries and industry resources factor into and extend that timeline.
Backing up from there, the selection process can be as short as 3 months. Typically 6 months. Never really more than 9 months.
If it's new construction or re-development, think backwards from when you want to "break ground" on your new building.
The above is for something big — a substantial piece of art. For that, you do need a good lead time. Smaller commissions don't take as long. Click here to view our visual guide to the Commissioned Art Timeline
Often, people will come to the beginning of the process and not have something specific in mind.
We hear the phrase, "I know in general what I'm looking for." Or, all the person commissioning the piece knows is that there is a space he or she wants to work with, like "I need to fill a big space on the wall."
Rest assured: You can keep the process open and loose at first.
You can say something meaningful yet open, like "I need an iconic piece of art that fits with the character of our city." That's the beauty of the RFP process when you have access to elite creatives. Your needs and desires will be translated for you.
Even though we call this the RFP process, in the first big piece of the process (which is what our tools address), we're asking artists and creatives to apply with their images of previous work, plus the information that gives credibility to who they are as professionals.
The initial application process brings in top artists, so you are able to make a selection of finalists, usually about 3 to 5 creatives / artists. That's when you ask for the actual proposal... from those 3 to 5 artists. You do not need to sift through 100s of proposals.
We recommend a month to accept applications, although we have seen shorter and longer periods. Our experience tells us that 80% of applications come in the last few days before deadline.
Once you have scored and ranked applicants, we recommend you narrow it down to a small group of finalists. You have many options at this point. For instance, you can start by taking it down to 5 to 7 strong contenders, and do Skype interviews that will help you narrow the field even more. Or, you can immediately narrow the list to 2-3 finalists.
At the point where you get to a small list of finalists, we suggest that you then pay each of these candidates a design fee, which gets you a full proposal. A proposal will include drawings, a budget, and a timetable. It may include several design options or directions for the artwork.
These proposals likely take at least a month for the artists to develop.
Not all projects have the same scope. For smaller projects, 1 finalist may be fine. For larger projects, however, we strongly recommend 2 or 3.
Design fees can range from $500 to $5,000, typically $1,000 to $1,500.
We're really big on design fees. The design fee doesn't nearly cover the artist's costs for making the proposal, but it recognizes that a big part of what you're paying for is the artist's ideas.
The artists we work with are professionals, and they'll put their heart and soul into a proposal, as well as a good deal of time. You get a lot out of the design fee.
For larger commissions, there is a value in having several people involved in the process. We recommend no more than 7, or it gets unwieldy. Up to 10 is possible. Less than 5 is probably not enough to get good perspective on a big commission.
Our best advice: You may think you know what you want, but don't limit yourself.
Cast your net wider than you initially have in mind. That's our recommendation.
Why can you do that? Because CODAworx provides access to an elite creative community.
You need the best, and you need people who know what they are doing. These are experienced professionals who know how to create great pieces of art on time and on budget.
If you don't want to take a risk, you use the best.