The bi-annual Paul Ré Peace Prize has opened the 2020 nomination cycle. Artist and author Paul Ré is recognized internationally for promoting world peace and harmony through his masterful creations. For almost five decades, Albuquerque resident Ré 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 a University of New Mexico faculty or staff member, student, alumnus or retiree who has best 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, as well as 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 very strongly emphasized. The award consists of a check, commemorative artwork by Paul Ré, specially inscribed copies of Ré’s acclaimed books, The Dance of the Pencil and Art, Peace, and Transcendence, 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 the 2019 Independent Press Award for Distinguished Favorite in Fine Arts. It is available from UNM Press.
Nominations can be submitted electronically or mailed, and must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, February 24, 2020 for the May 21, 2020 award. For nomination forms and more information about the prize, please visit their website.
For more information on Paul Ré’s work, please visit the following websites:
The Dance of the Pencil.
Art, Peace, and Transcendence: Réograms that Elevate and Unite.