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. This year, his work has been selected for 12 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


  • Juried competition, 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.
  • Invitational, BREATH-SYMBIOSIS 2020 International Graphic Design Exhibition Against Infectious Diseases


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


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