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

Artwork of

Paul Ré

The Dance

of the Pencil

Paul Bartlett Ré

Peace Prize

Radio Programs with Paul Ré

Excerpts from
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Virtual Museum

Résumé of
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2020 Paul Bartlett Ré Peace Prize Winner: Sarah Bird


Sarah Bird


 The video of the 2020 Paul Ré Peace Prize Virtual Reception can be viewed by clicking here 

This 2 hour and 20 minute Peace Symposium enables viewers to share in diverse and innovative efforts that are helping to heal and harmonize our very challenged world.



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".

2020 Winner

of the Paul Ré Peace Prize:

Sarah Bird

For her work as an acclaimed author and activist in Austin, TX. Bird, a UNM alumna, feels her novel The Flamenco Academy is her love letter to New Mexico, and in particular, to Albuquerque and her beloved University of New Mexico. She feels that this novel most closely embodies the ideals expressed in Paul Ré’s work. Set in UNM’s world-class Flamenco Studies program it explores a young woman’s search for peace through the study of this most demanding of dance forms. While touring with her book, Bird turned bookstores from Austin to Manhattan into Flamenco workshops and found that sharing the basics of this art form with audiences could be transformative. Bird also works tirelessly as an activist for libraries and literacy in Austin and is a sought-after speaker to help educate and raise funds for candidates who have dedicated themselves to moving society towards a space of harmony and where peace might flourish.

2020 Lifetime Achievement Awardees:

Dr. Robert Hitchcock

An Adjunct Professor for the UNM Department of Anthropology, Dr. Hitchcock maintains a very active teaching profile, significant anthropological research, and student mentoring. He has dedicated his life to assisting traditional hunter-gatherer, subsistence agriculturalists, and pastoral communities across southern Africa as they negotiate the changing dynamics of the 20th-21st centuries. He has worked tirelessly to address indigenous concerns as these populations inevitably enter the globalized world, to alleviate their suffering due to poverty, ethnic discrimination, land disputes, population displacement, refugee resettlement and political marginalization.

Gerald Vizenor

A retired UNM Distinguished Professor of American Studies, writer and scholar, and an enrolled member of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, White Earth Reservation. Vizenor also taught for many years at the University of California, Berkeley, where he was Director of Native American Studies and is now a Professor Emeritus. He has published more than 30 books, including fiction, essays, and poetry. Throughout his career, Vizenor has sought to raise the difficult questions of the nature of justice in a society that includes colonized peoples. His promotion of “survivance” of tribal peoples implies a process rather than an end, as the ways of tribal peoples continue to change. He also notes that the survival of tribal peoples as distinct from majority cultures is based in resistance, and through his works continues to criticize both Native American nationalism and Euro-American colonial attitudes that in themselves reject peace and peaceful resolutions to understanding cultural differences.

Frank Martinez

A visiting Research Scholar, UNM School of Architecture + Planning. A life-long community volunteer and advocate, Frank Martinez helped form the Citizens Information Committee of Martineztown (CICM) in 1971, created to protest the urban renewal condemnation of Martineztown, one of Albuquerque’s oldest neighborhoods. As a result of neighborhood involvement, Martineztown has maintained its residential, historic character. Mr. Martinez served as the President of the organization for many years and remains the committee’s spokesperson. He was an early supporter of Innovate ABQ and the subsequent construction of Lobo Rainforest building. He is a firm believer in innovation and entrepreneurship as a path to economic growth for Albuquerque and the state of New Mexico.

Christine Glidden

Board Member and Past Chair of the UNM Hospitals Board of Trustees, and named Changemaker by the Anderson School of Management Faculty. Christine Glidden leads an all-volunteer non-profit called Women to Be which aims to end the gender violence and human rights violations done to women by depriving them of effective means of menstrual management. Women to Be fabricates and distributes ‘kits’ of underwear and washable sanitary pads to women and girls in Nepal, Zambia and Mexico. The project also offers a reproductive health class offering options to avoid unintended pregnancy. Women to Be girls have what they need to succeed and grow to become women who possess self-esteem and a sense of pride in contributing and belonging.

2020 Career Achievement Awardees:

Dr. Mark Stone

Associate Professor and Regents’ Lecturer, UNM Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering. Dr. Stone has served as mentor and project advisor for the UNM Engineers Without Borders. He oversaw the feasibility study, design, and installation of a process to achieve safe drinking water access for the indigenous Tsimane people of Bolivia. He also serves as co-founder and faculty mentor of UNM4Nepal project, formed in response to the 2015 Nepal Earthquake. Dr. Stone is a co-founder of the UNM Resilience Institute which develops strategies for coping with global warming and other stressors.

Beth Poquette Drews

Beth established Mariachi Pantera de Oro, the second middle school mariachi program in Dallas ISD. Through the Mariachi program, Mexican American students learn and perform music from their Mexican heritage while non-Mexican American students are able to explore a new culture through music, thus promoting cultural understanding. Beth has taught her students to play Mariachi peacefully with dignity.

Frank Blazquez

Utilizing art to interrogate the negative forces of racism and discrimination, Frank Blazquez’s art project “Barrios de Nuevo Mexico: Southwest Stories of Vindication” forges ground to create meaningful discussion. Local art curators tried to dissuade Blazquez from street portraiture as it “had no place in art”. Contacted by the Huffington Post, Blazquez’s street portraits fit an upcoming story on the human condition. That led to his “Duke City Diaries” video series that have experienced hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube. This has bolstered significant conversations about eradicating the negative social forces leading New Mexicans down the wrong path.

2020 Emerging Promotor of Peace Awardees:

Wild Friends Program at the UNM School of Law

The program teaches 4th-12th grade students about nature and civics through hands-on research and environmental advocacy. Since 1991, over 12,000 students from across New Mexico have participated in the Wild Friends Program. Students choose a wildlife-related topic by ballot, learn about the topic as well as the democratic process, and draft a bill or memorial based upon their research. The program director is Sue George, a Senior Attorney at the Institute of Public Law, UNM School of Law.

Dr. Myrriah Gómez

Assistant Professor, Honors College, University of New Mexico. Dr. Myrriah Gómez works with the Tularosa Basin Downwinders Consortium (TBDC), the grassroots organization formed to bring attention to the negative health effects suffered by the people of New Mexico after their overexposure to radiation from the nuclear device that was detonated in 1945 at the Trinity Site. TBDC advocates to include the people of New Mexico in the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act of 1990, which provides healthcare coverage and compensation to Downwinders from other parts of the country. Dr. Gómez was the primary author of the Health Impact Assessment and traveled to Washington DC to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee.


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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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