Randy Craven’s art career 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
to a degree program at the University of Missouri, where he earned a bachelor’s in
studio art in 1994.—
Following college, Craven worked professionally as a graphic designer, focusing on
multimedia, advertising design, and digital compositing. While fulfilling his passion
for art through graphic design, he discovered that he also had a passion to teach.
Providentially, he relocated to Southern to pursue a master’s in education, graduating
in 1999. In March 2000, Randy was able to combine his two great passions by joining
the faculty of the School of Visual Art and Design as a graphic design professor.
When not creating art or teaching, Craven finds great enjoyment in outdoor activities,
including canoeing, hiking, and camping. There he can take in the beauty of God's
creation to relax, rejuvenate, and find inspiration.
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.
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.
Jesse Rademacher is interested in storytelling with a broad range of supporting interests
including animation, figure drawing, character design, rigging, writing, and acting
for stage and film. He has worked professionally as a Character TD on various video
games including Wolverine, Wolfenstein and Singularity and the NBA2K series of games;
he has also worked as a matchmove animator on 2 films, Van Helsing and Star Wars Episode
III. Recently, Jesse was Game Designer and Producer for My Place with Jesus, an upcoming
tablet/pc game developed for It Is Written.
Jesse earned his Master of Fine Arts Degree in character animation from Savannah College
of Art and Design. He is currently teaching Drawing in Motion, Character Design, Principles
of Animation, Motion Design and Programming for Artists.
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.
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.
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
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
Joe and his wife Tiffany have two sons, Nathan and Zachary. 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
and occasionally football.
Like several other faculty members, Nicholas Livanos is an alumnus of Southern’s School
of Visual Art & Design. Over eight short months in 2012, he completed a master’s degree
in Film & Television from the Savannah College of Art & Design.
Nick is deeply passionate about stories and storytelling. He enjoys sharing his love
for narrative design with students as a way of understanding God’s greater story,
and he strives to bring a piece of this perspective to every class. Collaboration
and community are key to successful film careers, and Nick works hard to make the
SVAD film community a place for positive, Christ-centered collaborations. He seeks
to help each student find their fit and push the quality of their craft ever higher.
As a freelance filmmaker, Nick’s commercial and advertising work has won numerous
accolades. His films have played at festivals across the country and frequently earned
awards. Most recently, Nick took the creative lead on Southern’s first feature film
project since Secret of the Cave — he wrote and directed Belly of the Whale, a present-day allegory to the Biblical Jonah story. The film wrapped principle photography
just in time for the fall 2017 semester.
Nick and his wife Amanda enjoy traveling, cooking tasty food, hiking, camping, and
playing music. In December 2016, they welcomed their first child, Isaiah, into the
Giselle Sarli Hasel has a passion for the history of art and it’s intersection with
philosophical and religious ideologies. She has taught art history for over 10 years
and has been an illustrator for 25 years. She also was the art director of the Lynn
Wood museum, which opened in 2004. In the museum Hasel incorporated art history, illustration
as well as environmental designs which has serviced Southern Adventist University
for decades and received several awards from the Tennessee Association of Museums.
She is a believer in alternative ways of learning, and her experiences include 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 also explores our understanding of God through nature, and engages in spirituality
through art making. Most of her research is focused on the impact of art in the biblical
world and art as religious communication.
Hasel is married to Michael, an archaeologist, and has been involved in excavations
at Masada, the Greco-Roman fortress of Herod the Great, the Philistine site of Tel
Miqne-Ekron, Hazor , Khirbet Qeiyafa and Lachish, Israel. These experiences reaffirmed
the importance of artistic expression in the study of ceramics and architecture as
influenced by both ideology and culture.
She worked as a technical illustrator at the W. F. Albright Institute of Archaeological
Research in Jerusalem, Israel, CAARI (Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute)
and the Horn Archaeological Museum, at Andrews University. Her illustrations in the
field of archaeology and art history have been published in several dictionaries and
She has a bachelor's in Art and French (1992) from Andrews University, and a master's
in Religious Studies with an emphasis on museum design from Southern Adventist University.
She has taken several art history PhD Special Standing graduate courses at Emory University,
and in 2015 she received an MFA from the Savanah College of Art and Design.
Hasel is a mother of two daughters and hopes to inspire them to work towards their
dreams. At work she enjoys her students as she teaches Art Appreciation, Ancient Art,
Medieval through Renaissance Art, and Contemporary Art History in addition to directing
the Gallery of the School of Visual Art and Design at Southern Adventist University.
For leisure, she likes to travel, hike, and spend time with family and friends.
Mindy Jamieson finished her undergraduate degree at Southern Adventist University
and went to work at an advertising agency immediately following graduation. Over the
next 12 years she worked as a graphic designer and art director at several agencies,
and later senior marketing manager for a global corporation where she directed the
creative team and strategy. During that time she created print publications, advertising,
multi-media campaigns and photography.
While leading and mentoring a creative team, Mindy developed a passion for teaching
and began pursuing her MFA. She wanted to encourage and develop young designers and
communicators to be truly prepared for a career in a fast-paced field. Her favorite
part of the learning process is seeing students achieve an “ah-ha” moment, overcoming
roadblocks and realizing their God-given potential.
In 2016 Mindy completed her MFA at the Academy of Art University. She is an active
member of the American Institute of Graphic Arts, American Advertising Federation,
and Professional Photographers of America. Her photography was recently featured at
Gallery 625 in San Fransisco.
Outside of design and photography, Mindy enjoys travel and an active lifestyle trail
running, mentoring organized run groups, hiking, biking, backpacking, flat-water kayaking
and more. She also has a dog and two cats that keep life consistently entertaining.
Donald has an active national exhibition record and a growing publication list. His
artwork consist primarily of paintings and drawings, several of which have won awards.
He was an artist-in-residence at the Contemporary Artists Center in Troy, NY and has
been the recipient of a federal grant for art in public places.
He was born in Des Moines, Iowa and grew up in suburban southern California. However,
he 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 relationship between faith and art.
Donald comes from a secular jewish background and became convinced from the study
of scripture of Jesus’ messiahship, particularly from the prophecies of Daniel 9,
Zechariah 11 & 12, Isaiah 53, and Psalm 22. He started attending the Seventh-Day Adventist
church in 2004, being immersed into the faith in 2005. He continues to explore the
relationship between Judaism and Adventism and was one of the first recipients of
a Certificate in Jewish-Christian Relations from the North American Division of Seventh-Day
Donald earned his MFA from the University of Florida in painting and drawing after
having received his BFA from the University of Kentucky.
He joined the faculty at the School of Visual Art and Design at Southern Adventist
University in 2015. His purpose for teaching art comes from his belief that for many
secular people the museum and gallery have replaced traditional houses of worship.
However, there are many visitors to these institutions who are searching for contemporary
art that offers enduring moral values and that can inspire faith in our uncertain
times. In this Donald sees an opportunity for himself and his students to share their
faith inspired artworks with those who otherwise may not initially have an interest
in religion or the Bible.
Donald married his beautiful wife, Evangelyn, in 2014 and they had their first child
in 2016. They are both musicians, and they have sang or played in choirs, orchestras,
string groups, praise groups, and a gospel jazz band. She plays the violin, harp and
piano; and he plays the electric bass guitar, upright bass and drums.
Pont-Aven School of Contemporary Art (France) 2009
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
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.
Nathan is the School of Visual Art and Design Production Company manager overseeing the development of a wide range of professional projects produced by our
students. Before coming to Southern he gained five years of experience working for
the documentary company Journey Films in Washington DC. He has filmed and edited four
feature length documentaries for PBS and his company received the Silver Screen Award
for Documentary TV at the US International Film & Video Festival. In addition, he
has won the Young Professional Award at the SOAC.