Sant Khalsa (b. Sheila Roth, January 3, 1953, New York, New York) is an artist and activist whose artworks develop from her impassioned inquiry into the nature of place and complex environmental and societal issues.
Her photographs, mixed media and installation works have been widely shown internationally and are acquired by museums including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, Nevada Museum of Art and UCR/California Museum of Photography. Khalsa is a recipient of fellowships and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, California Arts Council, California Council for the Humanities and others. In March 2012, she was honored as the inaugural recipient of the Society for Photographic Education Insight Award for her significant contributions to the field of photography.
Her artworks are published in books including Sant Khalsa – Prana: Life with Trees (Griffith Moon / MOAH Lancaster, 2019), In the Sunshine of Neglect: Defining Photographs and Radical Experiments in Inland Southern California, 1950 to the Present (Inlandia Institute, 2018), Altered Landscape: Photographs of a Changing Environment (Skira/Rizzoli, 2011), Seismic Shift: Lewis Baltz, Joe Deal and California Landscape Photography, 1944 – 1984 (University of California, Riverside 2011), Backyard Oasis (Prestel USA, 2012) and Art in Action: Nature, Creativity and Our Collective Future (Earth Aware Editions, 2007).
Khalsa is a Professor of Art, Emerita at California State University, San Bernardino, where she taught photography and contemporary practices for three decades, served as Art Department Chair and Graduate Program Coordinator, and was a founding faculty of the Water Resources Institute. She lives is Joshua Tree, where is is founding director of the Joshua Tree Center for Photographic Arts (joshuatreephotoarts.org) and cofounder and facilitator of Joshua Tree Arts Professionals (JTAP).