Commissioned Art Matters
CODAworx is on a mission to transform every space in the world by making great commissions happen.
We are the hub of the commissioned art economy. We connect all members of the industry, matching creative talent with creative opportunities, and providing digital tools that streamline the commission workflow process.
The world of design + art is changing around us. Artists and design professionals are working collaboratively to create amazing projects that raise awareness about environmental and social issues, educate us about the importance of innovation and creativity, contribute to healing and hospitality environments, and develop community engagement and pride. Others create commissioned art projects that beautify and transform the spaces in which we live, work and play.
It takes an industry to create a commissioned artwork. Our community consists of artists, designers, and architects, as well as art consultants, public art administrators, fabricators, foundries, lighting designers, engineers, photographers, and landscape architects - all of whom are artists and highly-skilled craftsmen in their own right.
Art Transforms Spaces
The CODAworx Manifesto
- Commissioned art matters. Attention to the details of our environment leads to love of place, which brings us to take responsibility for the spaces where we live and work. And by extension, responsibility for the people with whom we live and work. And by extension, to our local communities, our cities, our nations, and our world.
- We champion the role of artists in our society. We need artists to provide us with inspiration, creativity, and imagination, and to help us envision a better world.
- Architects and designers know that remarkable design can change everything. They connect the dots across disciplines, collaborating with artists to make the world a more beautiful place.
- In the process, design professionals promote imagination and creativity, and through their commissions, make original art integral to and accessible in people's lives.
- Art in our public and private spaces helps us fight ordinary buildings, ordinary streets, ordinary cities. We celebrate the extraordinary.
- Great design + art can transform spaces and affect our happiness and well-being. Each of us deserves a daily dose of inspiration.
The core staff of the company has extensive experience in the entrepreneurial art world, with an unmatched knowledge of the commission process. We are passionate driven creative believers.
Director of Online Marketing & Partnerships
Art Commission Business Development
Vice President, Business Development
Director of Member Services
Manager of Content & Social Media
Member Sales & Services Associate and Office Manager
Toni Sikes is the founder of two other art companies, The Guild Sourcebooks, a directory publishing company, and Artful Home, a pioneer ecommerce company. In more than 25 years in the art industry, Toni has become recognized as a leading expert on marketing art, and is a frequent juror and lecturer. Toni is also a General Partner in Calumet Venture Fund, and was previously a Senior Advisor at Gruppo Levey & Co., a New York investment bank. She currently serves as Chairman of the Wisconsin Technology Council. Sikes has a B.S. in mathematics from the University of Alabama, and an M.S. in market research from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Prior to joining the CODAworx team in 2015, Nick had a varied background in business and the arts. With a B.A. in Mass Communications from Miami University, he has worked in video production, digital services, and project management. Nick believes that great spaces inspire great people, and is passionate about the CODAworx mission to transform every place in the world by making great commissions happen.
Nick is the Director of Online Marketing & Partnerships at CODAworx. He spends his time on CODAworx marketing efforts, partnerships around CODAworx events and programming, and exploring new business development opportunities. Outside of his role in marketing, Nick holds a position in the RFP Marketplace division helping private developers and public art agencies find and hire artists with the RFP Toolkit.
Contact Nick with ideas for marketing partnerships and to learn more about CODAworx RFP tools & services.
Suzanne is a New York based arts and culture enthusiast. She is happiest when viewing art and experiencing New Media. Her art sales, marketing skills and desire to promote the creation of public art has lead her to Art Commission Business Development at CODAworx.
With her background as an art consultant and sales professional with a focus on Art & Technology, Suzanne has specialized in art business development, curating, marketing and project management for galleries, art fairs and corporate environments. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from The School of Visual Arts.
Prior to joining the CODAworx team, Nicole Carroll advised Artists on sales, and online marketing through lectures, artist boot camps, and individual consultations. She has created and presented marketing programming for the American Craft Council, NY Now Shows, Smithsonian Craft Show, and the New York Foundation for the Arts – among others. Nicole Carroll has a BA in Liberal Arts from Eastern Washington University and a certificate in Fundraising from New York University.
Mariana has a Bachelor of Science in Media, Culture and Communication from New York University. While living in New York, she worked in a variety of creative fields including fashion production and corporate retail. She is ecstatic to be back to her Midwestern roots at CODAworx! Mariana utilizes her energetic mindset and strong research chops to support CODAworx's Artist and Industry community members.
When she's not at the office, you can find Mariana hiking at a state park or rollerblading by the lake.
Emily developed a passion for art at a young age, her mother an artist; she quite literally grew up in the art world. This led to her study of Art History at University of Wisconsin - Madison. She brings a varied background of art and fashion to her role. She spent 5 years as a visual merchandiser and retail manager, as well as serving as volunteer coordinator for ART Santa Fe.
Emily joined the CODAworx team as an intern, helping to launch the Industry Directory. She is thrilled to return in this new role and looks forward to assisting artists, design professionals, and industry resources.
Sally spent years producing television commercials prior to finding her way to the arts. She did artist outreach for Guild.com in its first year, which gave her the foundation she needed to became a professional coach with a specialty in empowering artists to thrive in the business of art. She has a degree in Radio, TV & Film from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a M.A. in communications from the Annenberg School of Communications at USC
Bill Kunkler - Financial Advisor
Bill Kunkler is a Certified Public Accountant and a licensed real estate broker. He holds the Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) designation and has extensive financial management experience in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors.
Bill formed Kunkler Business Services in 2010 to provide part-time "outsourced CFO" services to early stage companies. As trusted business advisor, he helps business owners manage their accounting and finance functions, connects them with business sources that can help them grow, and provides useful financial information to facilitate management decisions.
Davy has an expansive background in design, project management and web development. Before coming to CODAworx he worked in a variety of industries including healthcare, broadcast media, film, festivals, publishing and mobile app development.
Davy received his B.S and M.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He volunteers on his neighborhood association board, is an alumni advisor to The Badger Herald and serves as chief election official at his local voting ward. He is currently building a CNC router in his garage and continues to provide technical support to his parents' 25-year-old Mac Performa 636CD.
Stefanie has a comprehensive and varied background in the non-profit arts sector and worked for ten years in Arts Administration and Management for a professional theatre company in Minnesota. Her Bachelor of Arts degree is from Luther College with a focus in Theatre and Music, and she is also a professional actor and singer. Stefanie is extremely passionate about the arts and incorporating art into all facets of life.
Matthew Peterson - Metrics Adviser
Matt has led businesses delivering software tools, online services, and real-world events for creative professionals ranging from design engineers to architects to VFX artists. Matt has served as an executive with companies making tools for computer-aided design and digital postproduction, founded SWI to bring media creatives together with the computer and telecommunications industries during the digital transition, and was co-founder of MyWeather to integrate on-air/online content, brands, and metrics for the television industry. Matt has a B.A. in Communications from Boston College, studied computer graphics at Brown University and fine arts at the Rhode Island School of Design, and is a graduate of Harvard Business School's International Strategic Marketing Management program in Europe.
After earning her degree in Art History from UW- Madison, Jenifer developed strong communication skills through diverse opportunities such as conserving outdoor sculpture and a historic church, assisting collections management in an art museum, as well as designing and managing a temporary store in a gallery space.
She's spent most of her career in the music industry working in Publicity, Marketing, and Digital Marketing. Her background includes creating strategic marketing plans and managing multiple high-profile digital platforms simultaneously in a fast-paced, ever-evolving environment.
Lee Wilson-Hayes is CODAworx's Member Sales & Services Associate and Office Manager. Lee has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre/Dance and Liberal Arts from Luther College and most recently worked for many years as the Program Support Coordinator for Wisconsin Youth Company. She also proudly sings in the Festival Choir of Madison and is thrilled to work with CODAworx to help keep the arts thriving!
Laura joined CODAworx at the end of 2018 and is based in our Madison, WI, office as RFP Sales and Services Associate. Originally from Chicago, Laura was drawn to art from a young age. She earned a Bachelors degree in art from the University of Wisconsin, and after graduating, spent six years in Austin, TX, before returning to Madison. She is a watercolor artist, blogger, photographer, and a huge proponent of public art. Laura is excited to be part of the CODAworx team! She resides in north Madison with her husband and 8-year-old daughter and their border collie, "Ollie".