Paul Bartlett Ré

Artist, Writer, Poet, Peace Worker

“I received the notice of your show, and thought the drawing on the front to be very nice. If you are passing through this area and have any of your other work with you I would be interested in seeing it. Luck to you.”

-Georgia O’Keeffe from a letter to Paul Ré


Art, Peace, and Transcendence

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Paul Ré

The Dance

of the Pencil

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Peace Prize

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Paul Ré is best known for his book THE DANCE OF THE PENCIL: Serene Art by Paul Ré, his widely shown traveling exhibit of TOUCHABLE ART FOR THE BLIND AND SIGHTED, and most recently for the Paul Bartlett Ré Peace Prize administered by the University of New Mexico Foundation. This has been endowed to operate in perpetuity and extends his four decades of work promoting harmony in the world through art. Beyond the joy of creating the art itself, Paul's greatest reward is when people are moved by his work towards peace and fulfillment. Ré's latest volume, Art, Peace and Transcendence: Réograms that Elevate and Unite, is now available from UNM Press. It has received the 2016 New Mexico – Arizona Book Award for Philosophy and the 2019 Independent Press Award for Distinguished Favorite in Fine Arts.

Paul Ré (pronounced Ray) was born in 1950 in Albuquerque, NM where he still resides. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in physics with honors (fifth in class) from Caltech in 1972; this has served him well as an artist expressing the beauty of science. Paul has been acclaimed by art critics as "a virtuoso of the pencil" for his art of "quiet greatness and noble simplicity." In 13 states, he has had 22 solo exhibits including those at the UNM Jonson Gallery, Albuquerque Museum, Triangle Gallery, Wichita Museum, Sumter Gallery, J. B. Speed Museum, the Colorado Springs Museum and the Karpeles Museum. His traveling exhibition of TOUCHABLE ART FOR THE BLIND AND SIGHTED has been shown 18 times in North America. A documentary film on his Touchable Art was produced by SCETV in 1990 and a companion book was created. He is now making a second tactile exhibit, INSPIRED BY NATURE, which is dedicated to environmental conservation. In 1993, his monograph THE DANCE OF THE PENCIL: Serene Art by Paul Ré was published. The Journal of the Print World reviewed it as "one of the outstanding art books of the year." His writings and art appear in Leonardo 13-2, 14-2 and 15-2, The Journal of Visual Impairment, New America, Spirit (7 covers and poems), La Mamelle and Design Journal. Significant articles about his work are included in Contemporary Graphic Artists III, SPIRIT OF ENTERPRISE: The 1990 Rolex Awards and other reference volumes. His art has been highly regarded by artists Georgia O’keeffe, Raymond Jonson, and Ed Garman; Nobel Laureates Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, Richard Feynman, and Roger Sperry plus a diversity of individuals. Also an accomplished guitarist, poet and humorist he is editing his collected poems THE IRIS BALLET and compiling his 52 volumes of aphorisms and micro–essays into THE RéCYCLED DICTIONARY. He greatly enjoys walking and meditating in nature.


Persea Gratissima

“Persea Gratissima” or “Ode to Maxwell's Equations”,
Réogram (hybrid hand-digital print), 2003, 20" x 26".

2018 Winner

of the Paul Ré Peace Prize:

Dana Tai Soon Burgess

For his work as an acclaimed choreographer, performance artist, and cultural figure. Burgess, a UNM alumnus, serves as a cultural envoy for the U.S. State Department as the first choreographer-in-residence at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. He founded the Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company in 1992, and it has become the preeminent modern dance company in the Washington, D.C. region. Burgess promotes peace and harmony through his art form of dance and his beautiful, innovative choreography. For 25 years, he has worked on projects across the globe as a teacher and a performer engaging audiences and forming friendships around the world. He believes that finding connections between cultures and artists is a key to peace and diplomacy.

2018 Career Achievement Awardees:


Hakim Bellamy

A national and regional Poetry Slam Champion, Bellamy earned a Master of Arts in Communications from UNM and was made Albuquerque’s first Poet Laureate in 2012. Among other honors, Bellamy was named a W.K. Kellogg Foundation Fellow, a Kennedy Center Fellow, and “Best Poet” in the Weekly Alibi’s Best of Burque poll every year since 2010. He was also awarded the Food Justice Residency at Santa Fe Art Institute and is founding president of Beyond Poetry LLC. Bellamy also facilitates writing workshops in schools, churches, prisons, and community organizations.


Dr. Anthony Fleg

Founder and leader of Running Medicine. Fleg is a faculty member at UNM’s Department of Family and Community Medicine and founder of the Native Health Initiative (NHI) which includes Running Medicine (RM) among other programs. His work welcomes diverse people and organizations in the promotion of health and wellbeing, while nurturing understanding of others. He provides high quality individualized coaching and also works to save the environment and promote sustainability. He received the 2016 Community Leadership Award from the President’s Council on Sports, Nutrition, and Fitness.


Bridgit Luján

As founder of Dulce Flamenco Internacional, Luján, an alumna of UNM, has sought to share flamenco in its purest form with communities throughout the U.S. and beyond. Her goal is to bring the deeper meaning and tradition to audiences and students so they can experience the social healing benefits flamenco provides to people experiencing marginalization at any level. Luján’s work in dance has been recognized with numerous awards, including: 2016 Young Alumni Hall of Fame from UNM’s Anderson School for Management; 2016 Inspirational Young Alumnus Award from UNM Alumni Association; 2017 Dance Teacher Award in Higher Education from Dance Teacher Magazine; and a NM True Heroes Finalist for her work with underserved populations of New Mexico, including those with Down Syndrome.



2018 Emerging Promoter of Peace Awardee:


Jami Porter Lara

A UNM alumna, Porter Lara uses a 2000-year-old ceramic process to make objects that resemble a ubiquitous icon of modern life—the plastic bottle. Inspired by water bottles left by people crossing remote stretches of the U.S./Mexico border, her work re-conceptualizes the plastic bottle as a precious object capable of sustaining human life, and exposes the porous nature of “borders,” as well as the “nature” of art and pollution. Porter Lara has been featured in Art 21, Hyperallergic, and on PBS. Her recent museum exhibitions include the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C., the New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles.



The UNM Foundation article on the 2018 Reception can be read by clicking here


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Selected Articles by Paul Ré


"My Drawings and Paintings and a System for Their Classification", Leonardo , vol XIII no 2, Spring 1980, pp 94-100 ,Oxford, England: Pergamon Press.


"On My Drawings and Paintings: An Extension of the System of Their Classification",  Leonardo, vol XIV no 2, Spring 1981, pp 106-114, Oxford, England: Pergamon Press.


"On the Progression of My Figurative Drawings Toward Higher Abstraction and Outward Simplicity", Leonardo, vol XV no 2, Spring 1982, pp 109-114, Oxford, England: Pergamon Press.


The above three articles focus on the derivation of Ré’s artwork from closed curves.  This theme is developed further in his books The Dance of the Pencil and Art, Peace, and Transcendence.  It also helped provide the philosophical basis for The Paul Bartlett Ré Peace Prize.

Additional reference materials about Paul Ré may be found in Contemporary Graphic Artists III, Biographical Encyclopedia of American Painters, Sculptors and Engravers – Colonial to 2002, Who’s Who in American Art, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World, Great Minds of the 21st Century, the Dictionary of International Biography, 2000 Outstanding Intellectuals of the 21st Century and numerous other titles including Mentoring for the Future – NASA ISEF Award Winners 1961-1994. (In 1967 and 1968 Paul received First Place in Physics and NASA Awards at the International Science Fair. His projects concerned fluid mechanics, on subjects that were both of scientific interest and aesthetically pleasing. For his supersonic wind tunnel, he designed and constructed 3 Laval nozzles. With their graceful form like an hourglass, he considers them to be among his first sculptures.)


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