Sant Khalsa

Born: New York, New York
Lives: San Bernardino, California

Sant Khalsa (b. Sheila Roth) is an artist, educator and activist living in the Santa Ana Watershed. Her artworks develop from her inquiry into the nature of place and the complex environmental and societal issues present and visible in the landscape of the American West.

Ms. Khalsa was cited in Forbes Collector’s (September 2006, Vol 4, No 8) feature article, “Hidden Gems of Photography” by Weston Naef, Curator of Photographs at the Getty Museum, as an artist worthy of collector’s attention in the current photo market, and also by art curator and critic Kim Beil in Art Ltd. (January 2007) article “Powers of Ten” as one of ten contemporary Los Angeles photographers who are “ . . . earning their place in history and giving compelling shape to the future.”

She is Chair of the Art Department and a Professor of Art (Photography and New Genres) at California State University, San Bernardino where she is one of the founding faculty of the Water Resources Institute (WRI). Her artwork is represented by Acuna-Hansen Gallery in Los Angeles.



Selected Solo Exhibitions

  • Sant Khalsa: Paving Paradise - Views of the Santa Ana River
    Michael Brandman Associates, San Bernardino, California
  • Sant Khalsa: Trees and Seedlings
    Etherton Gallery, Tucson, Arizona
  • Sant Khalsa: Seedlings
    Acuna-Hansen Gallery, Los Angeles, California
  • Sant Khalsa: The Santa Ana River
    CSUSB Water Resources Institute, San Bernardino, California

Selected Group Exhibitions


Selected Bibliography

  • Suzaan, Boettger. "Global Warmings", Art in America, June/July

Selected Collections

  • Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona
    Tucson, Arizona
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art
    Los Angeles, California
  • Nevada Museum of Art
    Reno, Nevada

Selected Awards and Grants

  • Artist Fellowship Award for the Visual Arts
    California Arts Council, San Francisco, California
  • California Documentary Project Grant
    California Council for the Humanities, San Francisco, California
  • Visual Arts Creation and Presentation Grant
    National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Washington, D.C., District of Columbia

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