Jade Barnes

  • Undergraduate Administrative Fellow


Jade (she/her/hers) is a fourth-year undergraduate student pursuing a BFA in painting with certificates in Entrepreneurial Management and Public Digital Arts with a visual-storytelling track. As an artist, she focuses on transmitting emotions through animations and illustrations - especially for children. She hopes to bring new, diverse, and untold stories to kids. She currently works at Grasshorse studios where she has worked on numerous projects such as "Slow Down", a music video for Colbie Caillat and her band, and Iowa State University's commercial, "The World Turns". To Jade, art is a universal language we must all learn to speak.

Research Interests

  • Human experience
  • Comic studies
  • Influence of cartoons on children's socialization and overall development
  • Human-centered design
  • Entertainment
  • Social-impact design

Educational Background

  • BFA, University of Iowa, May 2022