The bi-annual Paul Ré Peace Prize has opened the 2014 nomination cycle. Artist Paul Ré is recognized internationally for promoting world peace and harmony through his masterful creations. For four decades, Albuquerque resident Ré has shown how serene and elevating art can act as a model for living and that it 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 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 to be particularly strongly emphasized.

The award consists of a stipend, commemorative artwork by Paul Ré and a copy of Ré's acclaimed book, The Dance of the Pencil, plus an award reception. Ré's latest volume, Art for Peace: Réograms that Elevate and Unite, is expected out in late 2014 with UNM Press.

Nominations can be submitted electronically or mailed, and must be received no later than Feb. 28, 2014. For nomination forms and more information on the prize, visit http://www.paulre.org/peace.html