Sarah Edelsburg is a painter and illustrator, born and raised in New York City. She received her B.A. in Art History and Judaic Studies in 2006 from The George Washington University in Washington, DC. She has also studied Israeli politics and literature at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel and participated in a studio art program at the Syracuse University in Florence, Italy. She will receive her M.A. in Community Arts from Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, in the summer of 2010. In her work, Sarah utilizes the method of contour drawing to create altered and abstracted portraits of Baltimore city residents. She hopes to reveal the unique features, gestures, and characteristics of each individual through the distinctive lines and forms that she creates. She was first inspired to get involved with community arts after the transformative experience of working on a large-scale mural with a team of two mural artists and ten high school students in East Harlem, New York City.