During the 2012 New Mexico Spanish Market Joseph Ascensión López received the Archbishop’s Award, presented by the Archbishop of Santa Fe, Michael Sheehan, for the relief image of San Juan Nepomuceno, the patron saint of the Penitente Brotherhood.
San Juan Nepomuceno is the national saint of the Czech Republic who was drowned because he refused to divulge the secrets of the confessional.
Joseph was not only awarded the Archbishops award for this image but also received the 2012 Spanish Market Painted Wood Relief Award sponsored by Jim and Cindy Williams, and Linda & John Muzio. Additionally Joseph received the Spanish Market Poster Award. This is the Spanish Colonial Arts Society Director’s Award for the piece selected to be used on the 2013 Spanish Market Poster.
His father, Felix Lopez, received the Spanish Market Poster Award for the year 1990.
The photos below show Joseph receiving his award from Archbishop Sheehan.