A Kansas City art gallery will display the work of a Missouri Western State University faculty member. “Floating World,” an exhibition of paintings by Kathy Liao, will be displayed at the Kiosk Gallery from March 17 through April 13.

Liao is an assistant professor of art and director of painting and printmaking. Drawing inspirations from her diverse cultural background and personal history, her mixed media work is about the intimate yet universal concept of relationships. Liao received a Master of Fine Arts in Painting from Boston University and a Bachelor of fine Arts in Painting and Drawing from the University of Washington, Seattle. Liao is a recipient of various awards including the Elizabeth Greenshield Foundation Grant, Artist Grants from Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Vermont Studio Center, and Jentel Artist Residency. Prior to coming to Missouri Western, she taught at Boston University, University of Washington, Seattle University, and DigiPen Institute of Technology, and Gage Academy of Art.

Kathy Liao, assistant professor of art

There will be an opening reception for “Floating World” from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 17 at the Kiosk Gallery, 916 E. 5th Street in Kansas City, Missouri. The gallery is open noon to 6 p.m. on Fridays, noon to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and by appointment.

Missouri Western State University is a comprehensive regional university providing a blend of traditional liberal arts and professional degree programs. The university offers student-centered, high quality instruction that focuses on experience-based learning, community service, and state-of-the-art technology. Missouri Western is located in St. Joseph, Mo., and is committed to the educational, economic, cultural and social development of the region it serves. Visit www.missouriwestern.edu.