Internationally acclaimed artist Paul Ré is recognized for promoting world peace through his creations. Through the Paul Bartlett Ré Peace Prize, administered by the University of New Mexico Foundation, individuals are recognized for promoting peace, harmony and understanding among people of the world.
Those eligible for the prize are University of New Mexico students, faculty, staff, alumni or retirees who promote internal and external peace and fostering discussion of what really constitutes peace.
The winner of the 2014 Peace Prize in the general category is Peter Nardini for his work with Green World Health Net, a malaria prevention project which uses a solar powered fan to cool malaria nets so people can sleep under them; it also addresses climate change and poverty. Nardini co-founded Black Star Development in Ghana – a project aimed toward harmonious, thoughtful and sustainable living. A resident of Albuquerque, UNM alumnus Nardini also runs the Recycle Health New Mexico Program, which redistributes retired medical equipment worldwide, and has served on the board of and volunteers with La Montanita Food Coop.
Lifetime Achievement Awards went to the husband-wife musical team, Lynne Jackson and Mike Palter, residents of Manchester by the Sea, Massachusetts (near Boston). They are perhaps best known for their peace anthem, We Dream a Brighter Day. The anthem was commissioned by the United Nations for the 40th anniversary of UNICEF. This, The Peace Song and their other compositions have been sung in churches, synagogues, events and concert halls around the world. They are also known for their work with the “Jazz is a Rainbow” Program, which bridges students from divergent backgrounds. Palter earned a Master of Arts degree from UNM.
A Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Rudolfo Anaya, widely known as the Godfather of Chicano literature. 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. Albuquerque resident Anaya holds three degrees from UNM. He is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of English Language and Literature at UNM and has received numerous honors ranging from the Premio Quinto Sol Literary Award to the 2001 National Medal of the Arts. Anaya states, “Love never ends. We must renew our purpose daily. We must bless all of life.”
The Peace Prize is intended to advance 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 includes a stipend to allow the recipient to carry on his or her work, a 20" x 26" framed commemorative artwork created by 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 broad interpretation and understanding of ways to promote peace spans all disciplines, from the arts, sciences, and engineering. “Artists or individuals in a field pursuing creativity that promotes peace can come from conflict resolution and prevention, diplomacy, mediation and the arts,” he said.