About Prairie

Prairie produces photography based programs for schools and community organizations throughout Greater Cincinnati. Programs seek to bridge the gap between disparate communities in Cincinnati using images and reflective activities as a medium for relationship building. Programs also seek to give voice to those who do not usually participate in art making activities or have a voice in community affairs.


David Rosenthal is the founder and Executive Director of Prairie, Inc. a Cincinnati based arts organization which has been producing community art programs since 2009. Prairie has produced over 50 photography based programs customized for community agencies and schools. It has produced over 20 programs for high schools which connect them to community agencies in order to bridge racial and socio-economic barriers. Rosenthal graduated from Cornell University, and the University of Cincinnati with an MFA in 2001 and has acted as an adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky University and Miami University.

Become a Partner with Prairie

Prairie develops partnerships on an ongoing basis with schools and organizations who wish to include imaging mediums into their organization as a means of personal expression for their students, members or clients, and to promote their mission within the larger community. All programs are developed to fit the needs of each organization. Please e-mail info@prairiecincinnati.com to inquire about a program for your school or organization.

Working at Prairie

Prairie employs interns on an ongoing basis to assist with programs and exhibitions. College level work in fine art, education or social work is preferred. College students may receive school credit for intern work at Prairie depending on the internship guidelines of specific academic programs. Interns work on the academic calendar of their school. Applications are taken on an ongoing basis and can be made by sending a resume with contact information to info@prairiecincinnati.com.

Prairie’s Gallery Space

From its opening in 2009 through 2013, Prairie showcased the work of many talented local, regional and national artists who displayed work which challenged and expanded the notions of artistic practices. Prairie supports the efforts of these practices, but will show only work from its own educational programming in the Prairie gallery space beginning in January of 2014. Thanks to the many wonderful artists and patrons who supported the work of local artists. Information about shows at Prairie from 2009 through 2013 can be found on the Exhibitions page of this site.