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The Paul Bartlett Ré Peace Prize



Nominations are now being accepted for the 2018 Paul Bartlett Ré Peace Prize. The deadline is Monday February 26, 2018. Please study this page and its referenced links before sending in a nomination. Click here for a nomination form.



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 stipend to enable the recipient to carry on 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, received the 2016 New Mexico - Arizona Book Award for Philosophy and is now available from UNM Press. 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.





2016 Winner:


Dr. David R. Muñoz, Taos, NM

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. He has worked with senior and graduate students from Colorado School of Mines on humanitarian and sanitation projects. Most notably, he and the students worked with Honduran students at Universidad Tecnologico Centroamericana to design a sustainable water system for a village of refugees from Hurricane Mitch.


2016 Lifetime Achievement Awardees:


William M. Brown III, Arroyo Hondo, N.M.

Environmental conservation and sustainability work. Brown has worked in a variety of different capacities including as earth scientist for the United States Geological Service, science advisor for the Coalition for the Valle Vidal and principal for Sage West Consultants, but the common thread throughout all of his ventures has been his passion for energy science, climate change, and energy economy.

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Denise Elia Chávez, Las Cruces, NM

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. Chávez co-founded the internationally renowned Border Book Festival, which focused the public’s attention on books and art and their power to heal and transform the world.


Vincent Barrett (V.B.) Price, Albuquerque, NM

For his work as a distinguished poet, human rights and environmental columnist, editor, journalist, architectural critic, novelist and teacher. In all of his efforts, Price encourages others to think about the big questions of life in the modern world, encouraging deeper and richer learning.

2016 Emerging Promotor of Peace Awardee:


Carolina Belmares-Ortega, Albuquerque, NM

As a student, Ortega has been dedicated to helping others through her research and academic experience as well as her leadership experience, including involvement in several university and community support programs.


The UNM Foundation article on the 2016 Reception can be read by clicking here


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

Peace Talks Radio

A series of more than 130 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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Peace Prize Theme Image (at top of this page): Prayer for Peace, 2006, Réogram (hybrid hand-digital print), 20" x 26".

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