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 has a Fulbright Senior Professorship in Germany.
Among his exhibitions was the Corcoran'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.
He has executed mural commissions at the UCLA School of Law and
the Center for Humanities and Arts 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;
he wrote and illustrated two books, 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.
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 two instruction
books on traditional banjo styles.
He is Wheatley Professor in Fine Arts 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.