Before entering the academy, Koch worked professionally for more than twenty years in advertising, graphic and packaging design, marketing communications, web design, magazine and newspaper design, book publishing, freelancing, and creative consulting. She has won numerous international, national, regional, and local awards for advertising and graphic design including two CLIOs, International Advertising Festival, Echo, Midwest Book Awards, AAAI Golden Circle, ADDYs, and Mature Media Awards. Her drawings, watercolors, and digital prints have been exhibited in several galleries and museums.

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