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The Paul Bartlett Ré Peace Prize




Intent of the Ré Peace Prize Artist Paul Ré is recognized internationally for promoting world peace and harmony through his masterful creations. Since 1972, he has shown how serene and elevating art can act as a model for living and can inspire us to find our inner depth and express it outwardly through good works. In keeping with these ideals, the Peace Prize is given to that UNM student, faculty or staff member, alumnus or retiree who has promoted peace, harmony and understanding among people of the world, both within him- or herself and outwardly through tangible works. These works may be on a local, regional, national or global level. Emphasis is on promoting both internal and external peace and fostering discussion of what really constitutes peace. The recipient of the award may be an artist but may also be an individual in any field who has pursued peace and harmony with creativity and dedication. Possible projects may be environmental, involve individual or social healing, integrative medicine, sustainable energy or green architectural design, art creation or preservation, human population control and family planning or any positive endeavor. Included is Conflict Resolution, but Conflict Prevention is to be particularly strongly emphasized.


Peace Prize Vision Statement by Paul Ré © 2006 I believe that we can greatly improve our world by encouraging and preserving the good in life – wisdom, beauty, insight, humor that enlightens – and using these positive forces to heal discord. This requires the integration and synergy of many fields – from art and science to engineering and philosophy – plus communication and common sense. Great advances can be made technically, for example, through cleaner and more efficient energy and transportation, but these must be combined with improvements in both personal habits and public policy. We must reduce waste, take only those natural resources that we really need and limit our population to a level that our biosphere can support.  


Global Peace must begin as Inner Peace within each individual. We can invite peace into our lives through thoughtful, healthy living and by offering courtesy, respect and friendship to others. There is a symmetry between the human rights we expect to receive and those we have an obligation to give. When we thoroughly integrate peace into all of our thoughts and actions, our life becomes a work of art. This is a very practical, influential and equable artform that everyone can practice. Ultimately, Peace becomes a natural way of living.  


Award Description The Peace Prize is meant to further the work of the recipient, but may also be used to create direct executions of or new interpretations of peace and harmony from Paul Ré’s original designs and/or his writings; for example, an extension of his widely shown exhibit of Touchable Art for the Blind and Sighted. The Prize will consist of a check to help the recipient carry forward his or her work, a 20" x 26" framed commemorative artwork created by Paul Ré, and a specially inscribed, signed, and numbered copy of the artist’s acclaimed monograph, The Dance of the Pencil, plus an award reception. Ré's latest volume, Art, Peace, and Transcendence: Réograms that Elevate and Unite from UNM Press received the 2016 New Mexico - Arizona Book Award for Philosophy and the 2019 Distinguished Favorite Award in Fine Arts from the Independent Press Awards. A specially inscribed copy of Art, Peace, and Transcendence will also be included in the prize.


The Paul Bartlett Ré Peace Prize is administered by the University of New Mexico Foundation. It has been endowed to operate in perpetuity and extends his decades of work promoting harmony in the world through art. Upon Paul’s passing, the endowment should approximately quadruple. In 2012, the eligibility for the Peace Prize was extended to also include all UNM alumni, a group that numbers about 160,000 persons in 129 countries. Paul's greatest reward, beyond the joy of creating the art itself, is when people are moved by his work toward peace and fulfillment.


2020 Paul Bartlett Ré Peace Prize nomination form





2018 Winner:


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 Promotor 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



2016 Awardees:

Dr. David R. Muñoz

For efforts in combining engineering and humanitarian efforts. Muñoz has used his knowledge in mechanical engineering and his passion for global peace and sustainability to help others

Lifetime Achievement Awardees:

William M. Brown III

Environmental conservation and sustainability work.


Denise Elia Chávez

Chávez is a novelist, short story writer, playwright, actor and teacher who focuses her writing and advocacy on the border corridor of southern New Mexico, West Texas and northern Mexico.


Vincent Barrett (V.B.) Price

For his work as a distinguished poet, human rights and environmental columnist, editor, journalist, architectural critic, novelist and teacher.


2016 Emerging Promoter of Peace Awardee:


Carolina Belmares-Ortega

As a student, Ortega has been dedicated to helping others through her research and academic experience as well as her leadership experience.


2014 Awardees:

Peter Nardini

Green World Health Net: a malaria prevention project which uses a solar powered fan to cool malaria nets so one can sleep under them; it also addresses climate change and poverty

Lifetime Achievement Awardees:

Lynne Jackson and Mike Palter

Peace-themed compositions, including the well-known We Dream a Brighter Day, which was commissioned by the United Nations for the 40th anniversary of UNICEF.


Rudolfo Anaya

The author of dozens of beloved works from Bless Me, Ultima to The Essays, he has long emphasized a deep respect for the environment and our sacred relationship with the earth.

2012 Awardees:

William M. Brown

The Climate Reality Project and other environmental conservation efforts

“Presenting Climate Change: The Art of Public Narrative” (speech by Bill Brown)

Peace Talks Radio

A series of more than 190 radio programs exploring a

diversity of peace promotion topics

2010 Awardees:

Dr. Arti Prasad

Founder-Director of the UNM Center for Life which provides holistic health care

Peace Talks Radio

(Paul Ingles, Suzanne Kryder, Carol Boss, and Nola Daves Moses)



2007 Awardees:

Stephen W. Littlejohn

Mediation; significant books and articles about communication and conflict resolution


Arti Prasad, M.D.

Integrative Medicine


Honorable Mentions

William Gross

Environmentally and culturally sensitive engineering


Hakim Bellamy

Poetry and cultural advocacy





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