Raised near Wilmington, DE, Ada Koch won early scholarships to the Delaware Art Museum before studying in Washington, DC and Chicago, IL. Later studies with David De Rousseau of the KCAI and personal studies in the museums of Paris and Rome preceded Koch’s exhibitions in various galleries and museums of Kansas, Missouri, Iowa and Florence, Italy. She has been invited every other year to the Biennale Internazionale (a juried show in Florence, Italy), and was just invited to the premier of the Effetto in Merido, Mexico as part of the United Nations Dialogue Among Civilizations. She currently teaches art at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Holy Name School and privately at her studio in downtown Kansas City. Ada is active with several local art organizations including the Kansas City Artists Coalition (board member for 12 years) and the Kansas City Arts Council. Her art is in collections both corporate and private throughout the United States and as far away as Germany and Switzerland.
“I have always preferred the artist’s sketch rather than the ‘finished work’, since a sketch provides the freedom and movement that show the artist’s true style. My work provides numerous layers and media but maintains the freedom, fluidity, and fresh playfulness of the sketch; this imparts my passion by showing a quick emotional awakening.”