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Bottega: noun.
1. the studio of a master artist, in which lesser artists, apprentices, or students learn by participating in the work.


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William Albert Pettit III received his BA from the University of Pittsburgh and his MFA in painting from Tyler School of Art. He has been teaching art in various media at John Cabot University in Rome since 1999 and at The Umbra Institute in Perugia since 2001. He has worked with other universities (USAC Viterbo, University of Iowa, Richmond University of London) as a visiting professor. As an artist, he works with ancient and contemporary painting media, as well as video and sound. He has exhibited in Philadelphia, Paris, Rome, Assisi, Spoleto, Tuscania, and Gubbio since 2001. Resident in the Sabina area since 1997, he has a love and knowledge of the region, its food and artistic heritage. He teaches oil painting, fresco painting, and icon painting.



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Serafino Amato  is a photographer and filmmaker from Rome. He also works with theatre and poetry. He has published three books and has exhibited in Italy and abroad since 1986. He has has curated various exhibitions for other artists and foundations. In the past years, he has worked with the Associazione Alberto Moravia, the Teatro di Roma, the Sigma-Tau Foundation, and the Piccolo Teatro di Milano.
He has been a professor of photography at John Cabot University (Rome) since 2008. He teaches traditional and primitive photographic techniques, digital photography, and digital video-making.



Candice Smith Corby teaches and directs the college gallery in the Visual and Performing Arts Department at Stonehill College outside of Boston, MA. As an artist and educator she is interested in connecting contemporary image-making with historical methods and materials. She is a 2008 Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellow in painting, a 2011 Dave Bown Project Grantee, and received a 2013 Awesome Foundation grant to make a painted 3-D blanket fort.  She first began working with the Bottega in 2013 and continues to collaborate through workshops and student interactions. She can also make a mean trifle.

The goal of the project is to provide a service to the community, in researching and recuperating historical structures, but also provide a hands-on learning experience for students, teachers, and artists.

Contact us in you are interested in collaboration or would like to make a donation!