MCCLA Mission Grafica

The Mission Cultural Center’s (MCC) Graphics department was established in 1977, at the same time the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts was founded. Our name is a melding of meanings: Mission in English, is an undertaking and a political commitment to social change, and Gráfica in Castilian, establishes a Latino identity, and defends our roots and values.

Within our collection, we have cataloged more than 4,000 posters. This important collection will become one of the most important collections of Latino / Chicano posters in the country. With this archive, the MCCLA possess an important artistic tool to educate the general public and the Latino community about its artists and their print making. The preservation of this body of work is vital to our rich Chicano and Latino cultural history, and it serves as a powerful monument not only to our culture but to the artistic talents of our proud community.

Etching Class

Class: Etching
Instructor: HyeYoon Song

Class DescriptionThis class is open to beginner and advanced artists interested in investigating the technique of etching. Students will learn all aspects of etching including hard and soft ground etching, aquatint, sugar lift, and drypoint.

Date: Tuesdays, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Cost: $17

Etching ink Paper (Rives BFK, Arches, Stonehenge, etc.) Newsprint Zinc or copper plates Etching needle

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Etching Class

Class: Screenrpinting
Instructor: Marsha Shaw

Class DescriptionThis ongoing workshop will introduce you to the stencil method of screen printing. You will use the various image-making methods using monotype techniques, drawing fluid and screen filler techniques and direct-emulsion photographic stencils. You will work with color with multi-run editions and become familiar with the mark-making possibilities of screen-printing while expressing and expanding your own personal style. Beginners welcome.

Date: Saturdays, 10:00am - 5:00pm
Cost: $20

Your image on acetate (2 copies of each image)
Screen (limit 3)
Newsprint pad
Water base screen ink
*What you’re printing on:
T-shirts, cloth, paper (limit 25 items per person)
Clear packaging tape and masking tape
Unfortunately we do not provide or sell any materials.
We encourage all new students to come and visit before taking the class.

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SF Jazz Band

Off The Wall: Mission Grafica Prints Sale

Friday, December 1 - 11, 6-9pm / Prints 20% off this day

Give yourself and your loved ones the gift of Art during the Holidays, own a piece of Mission Grafica's history, and support MCCLA. Price range: $15 - $475

Let's celebrate the holidays with art, music and good company! Celebremos las fiestas con arte, musica y buena compañía!

Mission Grafica's print collection is one of the most important collections of Latino/ Chicano posters in the country. The body of work is a monument of artistic talents of our proud community.

PRINTS BY: Ester Hernández, Enrique Chagoya, Jesús Barraza, Domi, Mel Simmons, Juan Fuentes, Calixto Robles, Juana Alicia and many more

How to  Rent  a  Studio

1. Come by business hours: Tue-Fri 10:00am-6:00pm and Sat 10:00am-5:00pm
2. Call MG at 415.643.2786 or email at
* Studios vary in availability, thus a call in advance is always appreciated.

Please note MG provides the space and equipment for printing.
We do not provide materials (inks, paper, screens and emulsion)

Facilities  &  Rates


Printmaking equipment
• 32" x 56” Griffin etching press
• 27" x 47” Griffin etching press
• 19” x 32” etching press
• Two units for inking
• Assorted work tables
• Guillotine
• Light tables
• Trays Assorted size

Screen Printing equipment:
• Exposure unit with 43” x 62” bed.
• Darkroom
• Screen pressure washer
• Assorted work tables
• Guillotine
• Light tables
• Squeegees


Mission Gráfica /Studio Rental
• Screen-print & Printing Facilities
1 DAY $35.00
1 MONTH $125.00

• Textile Room
1 day $50.00

Other Services:
Cleaning, Coating and Exposure Jobs
$10.00 /small size (12x18 or smaller)
$15.00/standard screen (18x22)
$20.00/large screen (23x31)

Mission  Grafica’s  Artist  in  Residency

Mission Grafica’s Artist in Residency program
is designed to provide a creative environment for emerging and to broaden the center’s awareness of new approaches and techniques. Its facilities support several printmaking techniques, including intaglio, monoprint, relief, and screen-print. The residency will be from one to 4 months depending on the needs of the artist and the availability of the studio. The ideal candidate should have an MFA or BFA, is self directed and able to work independently. The program is designed to provide artists with press and studio access in order to develop a new body of work.

Residents are required to teach one workshop.
Additional teaching opportunities are available but not required.

The resident will have free use of all printmaking studio equipment and storage for their supplies.
Hours of the studio are Tues-Fri 10:00am-5:00pm and Sat 10:00-5:00pm

Applications should include a letter of intent, CV, and 10-15 piece portfolio in digital format.

Send to: Mission Grafica
Attention to: Marsha Shaw, Mission Grafica Coordinator
Print Residency
2868 Mission St. San Francisco, CA 94121