Sheila Mae Pinkel (born 1941) is an American artist best known for her cameraless photography work. Her artwork has environmental and political themes, with series about nuclear reactors, U.S. involvement in El Salvador, prisons and the lack of natural grown foods. Sheila Pinkel was born in Newport News, Virginia. She attended Santa Monica High School and University of California, Berkeley (Bachelor of Arts in Art/Sculpture, 1963) before getting her MFA in Art/Photography from UCLA in 1977. From 1986 – 2012 she was a Professor of Art at Pomona College in California.