Bill Cass received a BFA degree from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana in 1977, followed by an MFA degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1981. Cass has been a visiting artist at the Art Institute of Chicago since 1982 and a full-time lecturer in Northwestern University’s Department of Art Theory and Practice.
Cass has won a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and three awards from the Illinois Arts Council for his work, which combines religious imagery and a folk art style. His work is represented in the collections of several museums, including the Krannert Art Center in Champaign, Illinois and the Madison Art Center in Wisconsin. He is currently a full-time printmaking teacher at the New Hampshire Institute of Art, Manchester.