Faculty and Staff

Randy Craven

Randy Craven

Randy Craven’s career in art started early, when at age 3 he began drawing his own versions of the cartoon characters he saw on television. His love of art grew as he did, leading eventually to a degree program at the University of Missouri, where he earned a bachelor’s in studio art, graduating in 1994.—

Following college, Craven accepted employment as a graphic designer in the Media Department of the Veteran’s Affairs Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. There, while fulfilling his passion for art, he discovered that he also had a passion to teach. To pursue this, he relocated to study at Southern, graduating in 1999 with a master’s in education. In March 2000, Randy was able to combine his two great passions when he was asked to join the faculty of the School of Visual Arts and Design. In May of 2006, Craven received a Master of Fine Arts in graphic design from Savanna College of Art and Design.

When not creating art or teaching, Craven finds great enjoyment in outdoor activities, including canoeing, hiking, and camping, where he can take in the beauty of nature to relax, rejuvenate, and find inspiration.

Phone: 423.236.2076
Email: rlcraven@southern.edu

Hendel Butoy

Hendel Butoy

Hendel Butoy, professor of animation, was born in Brazil and raised in southern California. He studied animation at the California Institute of the Arts before accepting a position as an animator and director at the Walt Disney Company in 1979. He was employed at Disney for more than 20 years, working on such films as Fantasia 2000, Rescuers Down Under, and The Fox and the Hound.

In 2003, Butoy accepted an invitation to come teach animation at the School of Visual Art and Design. Butoy wants to be able to give students the same experience he desired as a student, the opportunity to interact with experienced instructors who excel in their profession and believe in developing their skills to be used as a testimony to their faith in God.

"All talent is given us to be developed through service for others as we communicate something of the love of God," he said.

Butoy is married to Menjette Jumuad Butoy. They have two teenage girls, Jedel Faith and Cindy Grace.

Phone: 423.236.2725
Email: hbutoy@southern.edu 

Zach Gray

Zach Gray

With interests spanning animation, programming, and filmmaking, Zach Gray’s most recent project is the feature-length film Secret of the Cave. In addition to directing the film, he co-wrote the script and served as visual effects supervisor. The film, a flagship project of Southern’s film program, was shot on location in Ireland during the summer of 2005 with a professional and student crew. Additional film credits include rigging, grip, and actor for Angel in Chains, a 40-minute film, and art director for the short Lesser Light.

During Gray’s study of animation and visual effects, the acting and performance aspects of animation provided a foundation for film directing. Gray was instrumental in developing the character animation program. Working with Disney veteran director Hendel Butoy, Gray served as technical director on the pilot project Baptism, a proof of concept for an animated film on the life of Jesus Christ.

Gray earned his bachelor’s degree at Southern and his Master of Fine Arts Degree in character animation from the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Phone: 423.236.2088
Email: zcgray@southern.edu

Jesse Rademacher

Jesse Rademacher

Jesse Rademacher holds a master's degree in Fine Art from Savannah College of Art and Design and has worked as a Character TD and related positions for the past 8 years before coming to Southern. He currently teaches Drawing in Motion, Effects for Animators and Collaborative Studio where he will serve as Character TD for projects. He also holds undergraduate degrees in Graphic Design (animation) and Computer Science.

Phone: 423.236.2091
Email: jlradem@southern.edu

David George

David George

David George is a cinematographer and film educator at Southern Adventist University where he acts as the coordinator of the film program that he helped found in 2001.

When asked about what first drew him to film, he recalls seeing the film “Chariots of Fire” as a child.  That experience inspired him by the artful juxtaposition of philosophy, character, and competition.  It was not until after learning how to use camera and editing equipment, as a teenager at the TV station where his father worked, that he thought he might be able to be involved in filmmaking himself.

His love of the creative and technical challenges of photography eventually lead him to focusing in cinematography.

In 2003 he completed his M.F.A in video/film from the Savannah College of Art and Design.  Having shot numerous short form narratives and commercial works, he helped spearhead the production of the family adventure film “Secret of the Cave” in 2005.  He was producer and cinematographer for this feature film that earned a prestigious Crystal Heart Award when it premiered at the Heartland Film Festival and then released nationwide in 2007.

Most recently he served as the director of photography for “Old Fashioned” a faith based romantic comedy scheduled to release in theaters on Valentine’s Day 2015.

In his free time he enjoys cycling, taking on overly ambitious projects, and spending time with his wife and daughters.

Phone: 423.236.2094
Email: dlgeorge@southern.edu

Marc Boyson

Marc Boyson

Marc Boyson is an Associate Professor of Fine Art at the School of Visual Art & Design, Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, TN. He reveals the cartographic trace through his commutes by using memory, invention, and by GPS records. Through works on paper, projection, murals, sound and ceramics he reveals the sublime in the banal of his movement through space. Marc received Best in Show award at the AVA Juried Members Exhibition at the Association for Visual Arts, Chattanooga, TN. He had a solo show There to Here… Reprise at John C Williams Gallery, Collegedale TN. He presented at FATE 2015 National Conference: Tectonic Shifts Foundations: Bricks, Concrete, Stones, Wood ... Your Choice. Boyson graduated with a MFA in Studio Art: Ceramic in 2013 from the University of the Art in Philadelphia, PA.

 He taught at Spring Valley Academy first through twelfth grade art for seven years before joining Southern’s School of Visual Art and Design in the fall of 2011. He is the Fine Art Coordinator, instructs 2-D and 3-D Foundations courses, Printmaking and Studio Art courses. He is a member of Association for Visual Arts, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, SGC International, and National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts.

 Marc is married to Bonnie Boyson and they have three children, Max, Finn, and Orlagh. The family enjoys art museums, bicycling, kayaking, hiking and exploring.

Phone: 423.236.2080
Email: marcb@southern.edu

Joe La Com

Joe LaCom

Joe La Com holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design from Savannah College of Art & Design. While he earned his bachelor's degree in Graphic Design right here at Southern.

Rooted in a passion for design and a fascination of the power of effective visual communication, Joe has gained 9 years of professional work experience. He has worked in the areas of print, identity, publication, and web design. During this time he has worked for design studios as a junior, mid-level, and senior designer. Each of these capacities have allowed him to grow as a designer and experience the various roles and responsibilities involved in the design process.

Joe strives to share his professional experiences and passion for design in the classroom. He enjoys helping students develop their talents and observing the creative energy they bring to the challenging projects they encounter along the way. Most importantly, he values the opportunity and privilege to interact and share with students in a Christ-centered environment.

Joe and his wife Tiffany have two sons, Nathan (age 5) and Zachary (age 3). When not in the classroom, studying design, working on an illustration or freelance project he stays busy playing with his sons, spending time with his wife, running, mountain biking, playing hockey, racquetball and football.

Email: jalacom@southern.edu

Giselle Hasel

Giselle Hasel

Giselle Sarli Hasel has a passion for exploring philosophical and religious movements in the history of art. She approaches art history as a practitioner with 15 years of art illustration experience, a designer of a major museum of ancient art and archaeology, and a researcher focused on the impact of art in the biblical world and ancient Near East.

She worked as a technical illustrator at the W. F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem, Israel, and the Horn Archaeological Museum. Her illustrations in the field of archaeology and art history have been published in numerous dictionaries and references works, including Mediterranean Peoples in Transition (Israel Exploration Society, 1998); Eerdman's Dictionary of the Bible (Eerdmans, 2000); Sacred Time, Sacred Place: Archaeology and the Religion of Israel (Eisenbrauns, 2002); and Annual of the American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR, 2004). In 2007 she completed 180 illustrations for a volume to be published by Harvard University Press.

Hasel has been involved in archaeological excavations at Masada, the Greco-Roman fortress of Herod the Great, the major Philistine site of Tel Miqne-Ekron, and Hazor, (the largest Old Testament site in Israel). These experiences reaffirmed the importance of artistic expression in the study of ceramics and architecture as influenced by both ideology and culture.

From 2002-2004 Hasel served as the design director and art coordinator for the Lynn H. Wood Archaeological Museum at Southern Adventist University. The museum, which opened in 2004, won an award from the Tennessee Association of Museums.

She has a bachelor's in Art and French (1992) from Andrews University, and a master's in Religion with an emphasis on museum design (2004) at Southern Adventist University. Since then, she has taken Special Standing graduate courses at Emory University. Her educational experiences have also included living in Brazil, Canada, France, Israel, and Cyprus, where she has had the opportunity to study several foreign languages and the art, architecture, and culture of those regions.

Hasel teaches Art Appreciation, Ancient Art, Medieval Art, Renaissance Art, and Contemporary Art History in addition to directing the Gallery of the School of Visual Art and Design.

She is married to Michael G. Hasel (an archaeologist) and they have two daughters, Daniella born in November, 1998, and Sarah born in December, 2000. The family enjoys international travel, snow skiing, and hiking in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains.

Phone: 423.236.2089
Email: ghasel@southern.edu

Donald Keefe

Donald Keefe

Donald has an active national exhibition record and a growing publication list. His artwork has received numerous awards and he has been the recipient of a federal grant for art in public places. He also served a two month fellowship as an artist in residence at the Woodside Contemporary Arts Center.

He was born in Des Moines, Iowa and grew up in suburban southern California, but has lived and worked all over the country and in every kind of setting, from rural Appalachia, to Miami (FL), Los Angeles and New York City. Aside from traveling throughout the United States, he has also studied in and toured throughout Europe, mainly studying art, art history and the Reformation. He feels the life experiences God has lead him to, have strengthened his faith and given him a strong sense of empathy for others.

Beginning in 2001 he sensed God inviting him into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. After several years of independent Bible study, he discovered that the Seventh-day Adventist church taught the Bible as he felt God had lead him to understand it. He was baptized in 2005. Donald joined the faculty at the School of Visual Art and Design at Southern Adventist University in 2015. He is excited to serve in this capacity because he feels strongly that Christian artists can have an impact on culture and society for Christ. He believes our uncertain world is searching for contemporary art of a moral character.

Donald married his beautiful wife, Evangelyn, in 2014. They are both musicians, and they have sang or played in choirs, orchestras, string groups, praise teams, and a gospel jazz band. He plays the electric bass guitar and upright bass. She plays the violin and piano.

Phone: 423.236.2646
Email: donaldkeefe@southern.edu
Professional Portfolio: donaldkeefe.com


  • MFA University of Florida 2013
  • BFA University of Kentucky 2009
  • Pont-Aven School of Contemporary Art (France) 2009
Linda Brooks

Linda Brooks

Linda, the department's office manager, is an integral part of the department's operations. She keeps everything in the School of Visual Art and Design coordinated and running smoothly.

Tim Cwodzinski

Tim Cwodzinski

Tim keeps every computer in the SVAD labs up and running. There isn't an art major or professor whose day hasn't been saved by Tim.