Jonathan Cumberland

Jonathan Cumberland

Assistant Professor of Art, Graphic Design


  • MFA, Savannah College of Art and Design, 2011
  • BFA, Mississippi University for Women, 2009


Before coming to The University of Alabama in 2018 to teach digital media and graphic design, Jonathan Cumberland taught at Mississippi University for Women. Cumberland has an active practice in design and illustration. He currently focuses on creating digital posters that employ visual metaphors to address issues surrounding the environment, human rights and cultural events. Recently, his work has been selected for a variety of international poster exhibitions, including in Poland, Belarus and Mexico. Select clients include: Women’s Wear Daily, Scholastic Magazine, Johns Hopkins Magazine, Mississippi Tourism Association, Mississippi University for Woman, Marin Magazine and Charleston Magazine. Cumberland has garnered recognition from the American Institute of Graphic Arts, Creative Quarterly and the Tuscaloosa American Advertising Federation.

Recent Exhibitions, Projects & Awards



  • Habitat, Peru Design Biennial, Lima, Peru (juried)
  • Connected, Poster Stellars Intercontinental Poster Competition, Poland (bronze award)
  • Not For Sale, 2021 Uruguay Cartel, Bastión del Carmen Cultural Center, Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay (juried)


  • Graphic Design USA American Graphic Design Award for “How Will We Be Remembered?”
  • 2020 Ecuador Poster Bienal, head juror Stefan Sagmeister. Poster Architectural Transformation received a bronze award. Exhibition: V-ART Virtual Gallery. and Shenyang Institute of Technology in Shenyang, China, October.
  • BREATH-SYMBIOSIS 2020 International Graphic Design Exhibition Against Infectious Diseases (invitational)


  • Mi Metropolia Poster Exhibition, hosted by Escucha MiVoz, Cultura Zapopan, Zapopan, Mexico (juried)
  • Third International Poster Biennial Oaxaca, Institute of Graphic Arts of Oaxaca, Mexico, Jan. 26-Mar. 1 (juried)
  • Art Institute of Cieszyn’s 9th Eco Poster: Climate Changes Exhibition, exhibited at the Karolinka Cultural Center in Radzionków, Poland (juried)
  • Sandbox of Symbols, Bloch Gallery, University of Montevallo, Montevallo, AL, Jan. 10-31 (solo exhibition)


  • Poster for ____., New York, N.Y. (top 10 in category of “Climate Change”) (juried)
  • Turn on a Light, Zapopan, Mexico (juried, traveling)
  • Jazz in the Ruins, Ruins of Theatre Victoria, Gliwice, Poland (juried)