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.

A Hidden Garden



Exhibition Opening: Friday, May 12, 2017 6pm-9pm
Runs through June 16, 2017
Free Even

Artist Bio:
Rachel Epp Buller is a feminist printmaker, book artist, art historian, and mother of three, whose art and scholarship often speaks to these intersections. Her prints and books have been exhibited in solo and group shows throughout the United States, and she speaks and publishes widely on the maternal body in contemporary art. She is a board member of the National Women's Caucus for the Art, a regional coordinator of the Feminist Art Project, and current Associate Professor of Visual Arts and Design at Bethel College.

Artist Statement:
We pass on our family and cultural identities between generations, not only through our shared stories but also through our making. Some families sew and patchwork quilts while others cut paper shapes; snowflakes, paper dolls, or papel picado. Through my recent monotype prints, I have been exploring shared bodies of knowledge and traditions of making that historically were passed down from mother to daughter. The monotypes make reference to the quiet traditions of fine handwork such as sewing, crochet, and cut-paper work known as Scherenschnitte. Over time, my cut-paper shapes have become increasingly organic and I imagine them growing from a hidden garden..

Youth Printing Class

Bilingual Youth Printmaking Workshop - SOLD OUT

Dates: Saturdays 10am-1pm March 4 - May 12 | FREE | Studio on the 4 th floor of MCCLA
(This class if funded through the 50 Fund Grant.) 

For further information Call Mission Grafica Printmaking Studio: 415-643- 2786 or email

A 12 week experience with talented international painter and printmaker, Gustavo Mora. Registration will be limited to 10 students, (Mission District students will have preference).

This workshop will be held in the historical Mission Grafica Printmaking Studio on the 4th floor of MCCLA. Students will have a rare chance of working in the studio with international painter and printmaker, Gustavo Mora. Because of the progression of lessons within this specialized class make-up classes will not be possible. Students and parents will be required to sign a commitment to attend all 12 classes after which a printmaking certificate will be issued. Students who complete all 12 classes will be offered time in Mission Grafica under the supervision of studio manager Marsha Shaw.

Gustavo Mora was born in Mexico and studied Studio Arts at the Institute of Visual Arts in Puebla Mexico where he was influenced by Expressionism, Mexican Graphic Arts, as well as, literary and cinematic works. Mora’s work is based on his drawing practice and is applied to different techniques in intaglio, relief printmaking and lithography. He has participated in exhibits and art events in Mexico, Argentina, Cuba, Costa Rica, France, Romania, Greece, the United States and Japan. Mora has been member of the California Society of Printmakers since 2008 and has taught relief printmaking at Mission Grafica.


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: Alyssa Aviles

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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Mission  Grafica’s  Artist  in  Residency

Mission Grafica’s Artist in Residency program is designed to provide a creative environment for emerging and mid career artists. Applicants should hold a BA, BFA, MFA or life equivalency representing an established foundation of knowledge and body of work in printmaking. The residency will be from one to 4 months depending on the needs of the artist and the availability of the studio. Artists must have a clear objective for the time of their residency. Mission Grafica’s facilities support several printmaking techniques, including intaglio, monoprint, relief, and screen-print. Residents will be required to teach one workshop and to donate 5 prints to the MCCLA Archive. Additional teaching oppoßrtunities may be available but not required. Artists will have free use of all printmaking studio equipment and storage for their supplies.

Hours of the studio are Tues-Fri 10:00am - 6:00pm and Sat from 10am - 5pm.

Applications should include a letter of intent, resume, and 10 -15 piece portfolio in digital format along with two recent letters of recommendation.

Send to: Mission Grafica
Attention to: Marsha Shaw, Mission Grafica Coordinator
Print Residency
2868 Mission St. San Francisco, CA 94110

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)