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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. Also eligible are persons who regularly do volunteer work for UNM programs or UNM affiliates. 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.


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 The video of the 2020 Paul Ré Peace Prize Virtual Reception can be viewed below and 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.



2020 Winner:

Sarah Bird

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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.


The UNM Foundation article on the 2020 Reception can be read by clicking here


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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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