William DePauw received his BFA from Northern Michigan University in 1996 with a concentration in painting. He received his MFA from Tulane University in 2004. He has held the position of Professor of Practice and Ceramics Lab Tech in the Newcomb Art Department since 2006. His creative practice is based on the observation of objects as abstract form. Inversely, He is interested in how inherent references to the familiar or material place objects into contexts, histories, and various other narratives. His practice explores complex and often contradictory image/object and form/reference relationships. His work has been included in exhibitions at The Ogden Museum of Southern Art and the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans, The Schein-Joseph International Museum of Ceramic Art at Alfred University in Alfred, New York, The New Bedford Art Museum in New Bedford, Massachusetts, and Marcia Wood Gallery in Atlanta. He is a founding member of Staple Goods.