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.


Instructor: Marsha Shaw $20 fee covers instruction and all materials
Limit 10 students | One Saturday monthly from 11‐3 pm | To register for classes call MCCLA at 415‐821‐1155

Oct. 29 “Monoprints” - Monoprints are often called "painterly prints", their creation is spontaneous, serendipitous, and immediate. In this class you'll learn to produce vibrant one-of-a-kind prints combining the simplicity of stencils and a rich variety of textures.

Nov. 26 “Bookmaking for Kids - Collage Gallery Book” – Students will craft a modified accordion book while incorporating old or unwanted prints and old papers. Bring old or unwanted prints, drawings or other collage material that can be cut up. There will also be collage material at the studio. Paper for the book will be provided.

How  to  Rent  a  Studio

1. Come by business hours: Tuesdays-Fridays from 10am to 5pm
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)

We provide to the students the space and equipment for printing.
Unfortunately we do not provide or sell any materials.

Facilities  &  Rates


Printmaking equipment
• 56 x 32” 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 $45.00
1 week (Tues.- Fri.) $125.00

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

Imin Yeh, Exhibit: Recent Works / Artist in Residence
Dec 2010 - May 2011

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 opportunities 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 94121