Art Rosenbaum, born in 1938 in Ogdensburg, 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 had a Fulbright Senior Professorship in Germany. Among his exhibitions were the Corcoran's 41st Biennial of American Painting, and his works are in many collections, including the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Columbus (GA) Museum, the Georgia Museum of Art, and the Smithsonian Museum of American Art

He has executed mural commissions at the UCLA School of Law and the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts at the University of Georgia and at the Richard Russell Special Collections Library, also at the University of Georgia. His solo show in 2000 at the Blue Mountain Gallery in New York was reviewed in Art in America. A major retrospective with catalog, “Weaving His Art on Golden Looms: Paintings and Drawings by Art Rosenbaum” was mounted at the Georgia Museum of Art in 2006.

His folk music fieldwork in the South and Midwest has resulted in over 14 documentary recordings, several of which are on Smithsonian-Folkways. Two 4 CD Box set compilations, “The Art of Field Recording: Fifty Years of Traditional American Music Documented by Art Rosenbaum were issued by Dust-to-Digital; Vol. I of the project won a Grammy in 2008 for Best Documentary Recording. 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. He collected material and wrote the text of “The Mary Lomax Ballad Book: America’s Great 21st Century Traditional Singer”, published by Camscomusic/Loomis House (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 playing. 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. Art lives in Athens, Georgia, and is married to Margo Newmark Rosenbaum, a photographer/painter who has worked with him on many projects.