Art Rosenbaum, born in 1938 in Ogdensberg, NY, is a painter, muralist, and illustrator, as well as a collector and performer of traditional American folk music. He earned his MFA in Painting at Columbia University and has worked in France on a Fulbright in Painting; he also held a Fulbright Senior Professorship in Germany. Among his exhibitions were the New Orleans Triennial and theCorcoran's 41st Biennial of American Painting, and his works are in many collections, including the New Orleans Museum of Art and the Columbus (GA) Museum, the Georgia Museum of Art, and the Smithsonian National Museum of American Art. A major retrospective “Weaving His Art on Golden Looms: Paintings and Drawings by Art Rosenbaum” was mounted at the Georgia Museum of Art in 2006. He has executed mural commissions at the UCLA School of Law, the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts and the Russell Special Collections Library, both at the University of Georgia. His solo show in 2000 at the Blue Mountain Gallery in New York was reviewed in Art in America.
His folk music field work in the South and Midwest has resulted in over 14 documentary recordings, several of which are on Smithsonian-Folkways. His boxed set Art of Field Recording Vol. I: Fifty Years of American Traditional Music Documented by Art Rosenbaum won a Grammy for Best Documentary Recording in 2008. He wrote and illustrated Folk Visions and Voices: Traditional Music and Song in North Georgia (1983), and Shout Because You're Free: The African American Ring Shout Tradition on the Coast of Georgia (1998), both published by the University of Georgia Press; his study, The Mary Lomax Ballad Book: America’s Great 21st Century Traditional Singer was published in 2013. A performer on a variety of folk instruments, he has appeared at numerous folk festivals both solo and with groups like the present-day Skillet Lickers, has cut three banjo/vocal LPs and CD's, and has written and illustrated three instruction books on traditional banjo styles.
He is Wheatley Professor in Fine Arts Emeritus at the Lamar Dodd School of Art, University of Georgia and in 2003 was a recipient of a Governor of Georgia's Award in the Humanities. He has collaborated on many projects with his wife, photographer and painter Margo Newmark Rosenbaum.