Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Artspace, Drew Hunter – also known as Doctor Blood – will be curating a spooky “Library Macabre”-inspired haunted house.
Between September 12 – October 31, the infamous and diabolical Doctor Blood, The Physician of Fright, will be returning to Shreveport after nearly 30 years. He claims to be the originator of “Phobiatry,” or the scientific study of fear, and he conducts his experiments out of his secluded Institute of Phobiatric Research.
Decades ago, he famously produced bone chilling theatrical experiments each year during the Louisiana State Fair along with the Gas Light Players. From there, Doctor Blood started The Exposition of Terror in 1975 and CompuTerror! In 1985, he revived his horrific experiments in Dallas at the Wax Museum of Six Flags Over Texas.
Doctor Blood is the creation of former Shreveport artist and creative spirit, Drew Edward Hunter. In 1975, Drew led a local community theater group called the Gas Light Players in an old exhibit building on the Louisiana State Fairgrounds. The creation of Doctor Blood and his Exposition of Terror was an immediate and incredible success, providing Drew with many opportunities to express his creative talents in the creepiest way possible. Today, Drew is the Vice President of Creative Design at Sally Corporation in Jacksonville, Florida. Sally is widely known for its design and production of realistic animatronic characters and interactive dark ride attractions for theme and amusement parks around the globe.
Drew, or better known as Doctor Blood, will be the Curator and Co-Creator for the mainspace installation, LIBRARY MACABRE, while simultaneously exhibiting his own artworks in coolspace. This leads me to the best part – you can get paid to create your own installation! Drew, in association with the Artspace Artistic Director, William Joyce, will select eight ScreamTeams of local artists based on their concept submissions. Each ScreamTeam will be comprised of up to four artists who will be responsible for creating one coherent themed installation with the fright fiction aesthetic. Each selected ScreamTeam will receive a commission of $2000 for the creation, fabrication, supplies etc. The conceptual proposals are due no later than midnight, Friday, August 1. Submit online here.
Proposals due: Midnight, Friday, August 1
Announcement of SCREAMTEAMS: Wednesday, August 6
Contracts issued: Wednesday, August 13
Final Proposals – with detailed schematic – due: Wednesday, August 20
Drew Hunter – Dr. Blood – arrives: Friday, August 22
Review of Proposals and affirmation of Plan for Advancement: Saturday, August 23 – ALL SCREAMTEAMS must attend this planning day!
WORKING PERIOD in artspace: Monday, August 25 – Wednesday, September 10
Lighting and Final “Dress”: Thursday, September 11
OPENING NIGHT: Friday, September 12
Exhibition Dates: Saturday, September 13 – Saturday, November 1
Strike Period: Monday, November 3 – Thursday, November 6