Nominations are sought for the 2012 biannual Paul Re Peace Prize. Da Vinci Laureate Paul Re is recognized internationally for promoting world peace and harmony through his art. For decades, Albuquerque resident Re has worked to demonstrate how serene and elevating art can act as a model for living and inspire people to find their inner depth and express it outwardly through good works.

In keeping with these ideals, the Peace Prize is given to that UNM student, faculty, staff member 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 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. The award consists of a stipend, artwork by Paul Re, and a copy of Re's acclaimed book, "The Dance of the Pencil," plus an award reception.

Nominations sent by mail must be postmarked no later than March 1, for the Spring 2012 award. For nomination forms and more information on the prize, visit Paul Re.

For more information, contact Paul Re, (505) 298-0290 or Belinda Jentzen, (505) 277-7320.

Media Contact: Carolyn Gonzales (505) 277-5920; email: cgonzal@unm.edu