Charles McGhee Hassrick is an exhibit and content developer and writer with experience in science, art, history, and natural history museums. As the Science History Institute’s Digital Projects Manager, Charles directs and manages the Institute's many visitor-directed digital initiatives. These efforts include a redesign of the 18-foot tall Theo Gray Media Column that has been a centerpiece in our museum since opening day; an online exhibition and game that explores the history of 20th-century scientific instruments; a digital interactive visualization of national, regional and local air quality; and a video game that invites users to investigate the connections between alchemy and contemporary experimental science through alchemical art and symbology.

Prior to his work at the Science History Institute, Charles completed exhibit and content development, design, research, and writing for numerous museums and science centers, including the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, the science-oriented galleries of the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton, the Frost Museum of Science in Miami, a new science center in Trinidad and Tobago, and the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. Over the past 10 years, he has had the opportunity to collaborate with diverse groups of scientists, historians, artists, designers, writers, researchers, and others with the goal of creating engaging and delightful experiences. His work has covered a broad range of topics including Native American history and culture, rock and roll album art, the Beatles, the MythBusters, alternative energy, cosmology, coastal and coral reef ecology, sustainable design, chemical reactions, climate change, and the physics of natural phenomena.

Charles is also an artist and former urban designer and planner with interest in environmental art and sustainable design. 

Degrees:

  • Master of Fine Arts, School of the Art Institute of Chicago—Designed Objects
  • Master of Urban Planning, University of Washington—Sustainable Design and Development
  • Certificate in International Policy, International School of Spatial Policy Studies—Groningen, The Netherlands
  • Bachelor of Arts, Bowdoin College—Biology/Classical Languages-Archaeology