William Heydt was born in 1949 in New York. He attended the Rhode Island School of Design. After graduation, Heydt moved to France and studied under Stanley William Hayter. While in Paris, he was awarded a studio at La Cité des Arts. After two years, Heydt left Paris and traveled through Europe and Asia. In 1975 Heydt was given a teaching position at Rhode Island School of design while working on his Masters Degree. He subsequently joined the faculty at Massachusetts College of Art and taught there until 1983. Heydt has now settled in Newport, Rhode Island where he currently lives with his wife and three children. His latest work focuses on the portraits of his family, friends and people of Newport. His work is part of the permanent collections of The Brooklyn Museum, The Royal Family of Abu Dhabi, Ms. Dorrance Hamilton and The Museum Of The Rhode Island School Of Design.