Curriculum Vita

Christopher M. Gauthiér is a photographer, educator and autism advocate who teaches at Illinois Central College in Peoria, IL.  He received a Master of Fine Arts degree from Ohio University in Photography in 2003 and a Bachelors of Arts degree in Cinema and Photography from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 1997. 

In 2013, Christopher was awarded the Utah Visual Arts Fellowship for his project, Evidence and Artifacts: Facing Autism and was also awarded “Individual of the Year” by the Autism Council of Utah.  His focus on autism evolved from his concerns about the impact environmental toxicity has on health and human development, and the struggle to access the necessary interventions for his own children. In addition to traditional exhibition venues, he regularly presents his work at conferences, and workshops.  Some highlights of his experience include a TEDx talk, “Evidence and Artifacts: Facing Autism”, a webinar for the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network (CDC), “Advocacy, Art and Engaging Autism”, an exhibition at the Association of University Centers on Disabilities 2012 Conference in Washington D.C., and a presentation at the symposium, “We Could Be Heroes: Monsters and Heroes in Contemporary Art”, hosted by Brigham Young University Museum of Art.  

Christopher currently sits on the Board of Trustees for The Interdisciplinary Council on Development and Learning (ICDL) and the advisory boards of the US Autism and Asperger Association, and the Madison House Autism Foundation.  Christopher has a diverse and growing national and international exhibition record.  His photography can be found in the permanent collections of the Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson MS; Webster University, The Netherlands; and in the Koltsovo Airport, Yekaterinburg, Russian Federation.  


Salt Flats, Rozel Point, Great Salt Lake, Utah, 2015

Salt Flats, Rozel Point, Great Salt Lake, Utah, 2015