Kathy Liao is the Director of the Painting and Printmaking Studio Art Program at Missouri Western State University. Liao earned her MFA in Painting from Boston University and BFA in Painting and Drawing from University of Washington. Liao is a recipient of numerous awards including the Charlotte Street Foundation Studio Residency Grant, Elizabeth Greenshield Foundation Grant, Artist Grants from Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Vermont Studio Center, and Jentel Artist Residency. In the past Liao taught at Boston University, University of Washington, Seattle University, and Gage Academy of Art. Her work has been shown in Boston, New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, Kansas City, and many other cities nationally and internationally.
Kathy Liao is a painter who utilizes a mixed media platform of paintings and photographs. It centers on different forms of art coagulating into a concept that examines the modern relationships of distance, intimacy, and technology, in layers of paintings based around moments, memories, and observations with and recorded snapshot photos.