Born: Taipei, Taiwan

Resides:     Kansas City, MO



2016 Lithography Workshop, Tamarind Institute, Albuquerque, NM 

2009– 2011         Master of Fine Arts, Painting – Boston University, Boston, MA

2006 – 2008      Bachelor of Fine Arts, Painting and Drawing – University of Washington, Seattle, WA

2002 – 2006      Bachelor of Arts, Psychology – University of Washington, Seattle, WA



2014 - Present       Prographica/KDR Gallery, Seattle, WA

2013                       Blindfold Gallery, Seattle, WA

CORE Gallery, Seattle, WA



2020           [upcoming] Solo Exhibition (title TBD), Sager Braudis Gallery, Columbia, MO

[upcoming] Solo Exhibition (title TBD), StudiosINC Exhibition Space, Kansas City, MO

2018             Autonomous Bodies (3-person show), StudiosINC Exhibition Space, Kansas City, MO

Immigrant Stories, Monmouth College, Monmouth, IL

2017             Lingering Presence, Prographica/KDR Gallery, Seattle, WA

Floating World, Kiosk Gallery, Kansas City, MO

So Close and So Far, University of Central Missouri Art Gallery, Warrensburg, MO

2016            New Works on Paper, Art Source & Design Gallery, Overland Park, KS

Distance between Here and There, P.O.E. Foundation Gallery, Cottey College, Nevada, MO

2013             I’m Home, CORE Gallery, Seattle, WA

We Are Close, Blindfold Gallery, Seattle, WA

2012             Duality beyond Borders, Ethnic Heritage Gallery, Seattle, WA

2011              New Works on Paper, Burk Gallery, Seattle, WA

Reaching: MFA Candidate Show, Commonwealth Gallery, Boston, MA

2009           Reflection, Boston University Women’s Resource Center, Boston, MA

Behind the Façade, La Familia Gallery, Seattle, WA



2019 Look me in the Eye, Epsten Gallery, Overland Park, KS, Juror: Mike Lyon

Pink: An Exploration, The Sherman Smith Family Gallery, Zarrow Center, University of Oklahoma, Tulsa, OK, Juror: CJ Charbonneu, Gretchen VanWormer, Catherine Crain

Now/Here, H&R Block Artspace, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO, Curator: Silvia Beatriz Abisaab

StudiosINC:2019, StudiosINC Exhibition Space, Kansas City, MO

Materialist, Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, Kansas City, MO

21C Elevate- Kathy Liao and Misha Kligman, 21C Museum Hotel, Kansas City, MO

2018             In Her Own Image: Women's Self Portraiture from 1900-2017, Concord Center for the Arts, Concord, MA, curators: Amy Sudarsky

Perspective: Missouri Western State University Art Faculty Biennial Exhibition, Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art, St Joseph, MO

Documented: Perspectives on Migration and Creation, Haricombe Gallery, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

REALITY, Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, Kansas City, MO, jurors: Eric Dziedzic, Marcus Cain.

Figure: In Paint and Line, Steele Gallery at Gage Academy of Art, Seattle, WA

ASYAAF, LVS Projects, Seoul, Korea, curator: Sun Kyung

Painters who Fucking Know How to Paint, Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, WA, curator: Kate Vrijmoet

StudiosInc:2018, StudiosINC Exhibition Space, Kansas City, MO

2017             Current States, University of Kansas Art & Design Gallery, Lawrence, KS

In Memoriam, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati , OH

Honoring the Legacy of David Park, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA

2016            You Will Never Be Younger Than You Are Today, PLUG Projects, Kansas City, MO

Portrayal: Contemporary Portraitures, North Seattle College Art Gallery, Seattle, WA

Current Tides: MWSU Faculty Exhibition, Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art, Saint Joseph, MO

29th Annual McNeese Works on Paper, Grand Gallery, McNeese State University, Lake Charles, LA

PLUG PROJECT Crit Night26, La Esquina Gallery, Kansas City, MO

2015             Belonging: Before and After the Immigration Act of 1965, Wing Luke Museum of the Pacific American Experience, Seattle, WA

Public Hanging, Kansas City Arts Coalition, Kansas City, MO

Intimate Responses, Fraction Gallery, Kansas City, MO

Urban Suburban XI, Epsten Gallery, Overland Park, KS

Observing Observing: A White Cup, Prographica Gallery, Seattle, WA

Fresh Paint Biennial, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio

Human Experience - Abstract Exhibition, Art at the Center, Overland Park, KS

28th Annual McNeese Works on Paper, Grand Gallery, McNeese State University, Lake Charles, LA

Texas National 2015, Jack and Doris Ledbetter Gallery, Stephan F Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX

Breaking Criminal Traditions, Schoenherr Gallery, North Central College, Naperville, IL

Do You Copy? The Hand Juried Exhibtion, Potter Gallery, Saint Joseph, MO    

2014             Faculty Exhibition, Potter Gallery, Missouri Western State University, Saint Joseph, MO

Travelogue, The Lakeshore, Seattle, WA

I5 Connects II, Koplin Del Rio Gallery, Los Angelos, CA

Summer Show, Prographica Gallery, Seattle, WA

Being Human, South Seattle Community College Art Gallery, Seattle, WA

Any Day: Artists on Death, Steele Gallery, Gage Academy of Art, Seattle, WA

Sight Specific: A Selection of American Perceptual Paintings, curated by George Nick, Concord Art Association, Concord, MA

Breaking Criminal Traditions, Beverly Arts Center, Chicago, IL

IDxID: Identities Revisited, Washington State Convention Center, Seattle WA - Curator: Davida Ingram

Juried Community Art Exhibition, South Seattle Community College Art Gallery, Seattle, WA – Juror: Bryan Ohno

Ex Libris: 100 Books, 100 Artists, AXIS Gallery, Seattle, WA

2013             Observation from the New Golden Mountains, Kirkland Art Center, Kirkland, WA    

Double Dozen, Lisa Harris Gallery, Seattle, WA

Like Water, Blindfold Gallery, Seattle, WA

Love at Home, Kate Alkarni Gallery, Seattle, WA

Orchid and Orange, ArtsWest Gallery, Seattle, WA

Women’s Work: Culture and the Feminine, ArtXchange Gallery, Seattle, WA

2012            Walk the Line, Ida Culver Broadview, Seattle, WA – Juror: June Sekiguchi

Show Us Yours, CoCA Members’ Show, Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, WA

Introductions 2012, Seattle Art Museum Gallery, Seattle, WA

ID x ID: New Identity, IDEA Odyssey Gallery, Seattle WA - Juror: C. Davida Ingram

25th Silver Anniversary Artist Trust Auction, Artist Trust, Seattle, WA

Reflections and Shadows, University House, Seattle, WA – Juror: June Sekiguchi

Seattle Print Arts Group Show, Collin’s Pub, Seattle, WA

2011              MFA Thesis Show, 808 Gallery, Boston, MA

Arches Student Print Show, Danforth Museum, Boston, MA

Tribal, Hamill Gallery, Boston, MA

2010            Boston Young Contemporaries Exhibition, 808 Gallery, Boston, MA – Juror: Katherine Bradford, Jessica Dickinson, Juao Ribas

Market Portfolio Print Exhibition, Sainsbury Center for Visual Arts, Norwich University, Norwich, UK

First Year MFA Candidate Exhibition, Commonwealth Gallery, Boston, MA

Realization of a Dream Juried Exhibition, Rubin-Frankel Gallery, Boston, MA

5×5 Group Exhibition, La Familia Gallery, Seattle, WA

2009            The Critical Eye Juried Exhibit, Jacob Lawrence Gallery, Seattle, WA – Juror: Robert Yoder

The 2009 Chelsea International Fine Art Competition, Agora Gallery, New York, NY – Juror: Ira Goldberg

Collective Vision Gallery Show Juried Show, Collective Vision Gallery, Bremerton, WA – Juror: Gary Faigan; Awarded Best of Show

2008            La Familia Gallery New Members Show, La Familia Gallery, Seattle, WA

Northwest Expressions, Art Port Townsend Juried Exhibit, Northwind Art Center, Port Townsend, WA – Juror: Barbara Shaiman; Awarded Merit Award

Beyond Borders, Viking Union Gallery, Bellingham, WA

BFA Thesis Exhibition, Jacob Lawrence Gallery, Seattle, WA

School of Art Open Juried Show, Jacob Lawrence Gallery, Seattle, WA – Juror: Billy Howard; Awarded Juror’s Award



2018            The Kansas City Collection 2018-2019 Program Cycle

2016            Purchase Award, McNeese State University

2014            Full Fellowship, Jentel Foundation

2010            Brooks Fellowship Scholarship, Anderson Ranch Art Center

Howard Gotlieb Rare Book Collection Purchase, Boston University

Women’s Council Scholarship, Boston University

College of Fine Arts Merit Scholarship, Boston University

2009           Constantin Alajalov Scholarship, Boston University

Vermont Studio Center Artist Grant

2008           The Medium Artist Fund

The Elizabeth Greenshield Foundation Grant

Book Award, School of Art, University of Washington

Co-Arts Scholarship Award, Seattle Co-Arts

Gold’s Grant Award, Northwest Watercolor Foundation

Lambda Rho / Ramona Solsberg Endowment Fund



2014 - present       Assistant Professor of Art, Director of Painting and Printmaking, Missouri Western State University, St. Joseph, MO

2016 - present       Peer Facilitator, ArtistINC, Mid-America Arts Alliance, Kansas City, MO

2012 – 2014           Adjunct Faculty - Printmaking, Seattle University, Seattle, WA

Adjunct Faculty - Painting and Drawing, DigiPen Institute of Technology, Redmond, WA

Instructor - Painting and Drawing, Gage Academy of Arts, Seattle, WA

Visiting Faculty - Drawing, University of Washington, WA 

2012                       Visiting Artist, Senior Seminar & Graduate Seminar, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Instructor, Winslow Art Center, Winslow, WA

2009 – 2011           Instructor - Printmaking and Drawing, Boston University, Boston, MA

Teaching Assistant, Painting II/III with Harold Raddicliffe, Boston University, Boston, MA



2018           Third Thursday Visiting Artists’ Presentation, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, KS (11/15/18)

Artist Talk, Cape Ann Museum, Gloucester, MA (8/5/18)

Distinguished Teaching Artist Workshop, Monserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA

Hello Atelier, Podcast Artist Interview, Episode 31

A Studio Visit with Kathy Liao, Kawsmouth Blog (5/8/18)

Visiting Artist Lecture, Emporia State University, Emporia, KS (3/15/18)

Artist Lecture, Monmouth College, Monmouth, IL (2/23/18)

2017            Art, Hope, and Immigrant Anecdotes, Panel Talk with Yoonmi Nam and Maria Velazco, Nelson Atkins Museum of Art (6/3/17)

                    Black history, humming heads and more: June in Seattle galleries, written by Michael Upchruch, Seattle Times (6/6/17)

                    Lingering Presence: Interview with Kathy Liao, written by John Seed, Huffington Post (6/1/17)

                    Family Connections: Kathy Liao's "Lingering Presence" is a personal narrative, written by Lisa Edge, Real Change, (5/31/17)

                    Kathy Liao's exhibition explores memory and connection, written by Ken Matsudaira, International Examiner, (5/14/17)

                    Artist Lecture, Mid-Missouri Artists, Warrensburg, MO

                    Gallery Tour and Artist Talk, University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO

2016            Visiting Artist Lecture, University of Nebraska, Omaha

2015            Visiting Artist Lecture and Senior Exhibition Reviewers, University of Central Missouri, Warrensberg, MO

Aspirations with Limitation, Panel Presentation at FATE : Tectonic Shift 2015, FATE (Foundations in Art: Theory and Education) Conference, Indianapolis, Indiana

Attendee and Participant in the INKubator Sessions at SHPERE 2015: Southern Graphics Council International Conference, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

Artist Lecture, Artist in Practice, Missouri Western State University, Saint Joseph, MO 

Visiting Artist Lecture, Northwestern Oklahoma State University, Alva, OK

Publication in The Hand Magazine, January issue, 2015

2014             Artist Interview with Christopher Lowrance, Midwest Capacity Blog, (12/3/14)  

Artist Lecture, Conversation with Painters, Olympia, WA

A Day in the Life of Asian Pacific America, Photo documentary by Carina Rosario



2018-2020  StudiosINC Residency Fellowship, Kansas City, MO

2016-2017  Charlotte Street Foundation Studio Residency Fellowship, Kansas City, MO

2016       Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Amherst, VA

2015       Brushcreek Ranch Art Foundation Residency, Saratoga, WY

2014       Jentel Artist Residency Program, Sheridan, WY

2013       Weir Farm Art Center, Wilton, CT

2011         Goetemann Residency, Rocky Neck Art Colony, Gloucester, MA

2010         Anderson Ranch Arts Center Summer Workshop

2009        Vermont Studio Center Artist Residency