William A. Pettit III received his BA from University of Pittsburgh and his MFA in Painting from Tyler School of Art. He has been teaching studio art at John Cabot University in Rome, Italy since 1999 and has taught for several other study abroad programs including the Umbra Insitute in Perugia, the University of Iowa, the University of Richmond, London, and Temple University Rome programs. Besides teaching the standard drawing and painting courses, he has designed and taught course in ancient media such as fresco painting, the medieval bottega, and pinhole photography. He has collaborated with Stonehill College hosting fresco painting workshops since 2014.
He is founder and director of The Bottega, an artists collective hosting on site workshops in Italy, and of the Fiorentini Art Studio, the art gallery at John Cabot University, Rome.