About Mission Gráfica
Mission Gráfica was established in 1977, at the same time the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts was founded. Our name is a melding of meaning: Mission in english, is an undertaking and a political commitment to social change, and Gráfica in Spanish, established a Latino identity and defends our roots and values. Mission Gráfica offers low cost screen cleaning and exposing services, classes and studio rentals to the community. We also offer great support for established and emerging artists who are new to printmaking to produce great and consistent prints.
Mission Gráfica Archive
Within our archive, we have cataloged more than 4,000 Latino/Chicano prints and posters, making it one of the most important collections in the country. With this archive MCCLA possesses an important artistic tool to educate the general public and the Latino community, about its artist and their printmaking. The preservation of this body and work is vital to our rich Chicano and Latino cultural history, and it serves as a powerful monument not only to our culture but also to the artistic talents of our proud community.
Mission Gráfica Coordinator
Eduardo Valadez Arenas is a Mexican-American Mixed Media Artist from Mexico City by way of the Coachella Valley. He is currently residing and working in the Bay Area. His art explores themes of diaspora, his Mexican-American heritage, and California street culture. His mixed-media works on paper and handmade panels contain elements of cartoon illustrations, sign painting, traditional printmaking techniques, and street art.Outside of the studio, his work as an educator has led to collaborations with art-based organizations like Kala Arts Institute, Ryse Youth Center, Riverside Museum of Photography, Oakland School for the Arts, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and Centre International des Récollets Paris.
Eduardo holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Community Arts / Printmaking From California College of the Arts and a Single Subject Teaching Credential From Otis College of Art and Design.
Gráfica Facilities are closed for rentals until January 3rd, 2023
(Notice updated November 16th, 2022)
For Grafica Studio Day and Weekly Rental Reservation contact:
You can also drop in when Mission Grafica Printmaking Studio is open and pay for your rental at the box office before going to Mission Grafica.
Fees for screen preparation and transparencies must be paid at Box Office before going to Mission Grafica.
Etching and Relief Room
- 32” x 56” Griffin etching press
- 27” x 47” Griffin etching press
- 19” x 32” Griffin etching press
- Two areas for inking
- Assorted work tables
- Guillotine for large format paper
- Two light tables
- Vertical and Horizontal Phosphoric acid bath for copper plate etching
- Exposure Unit with 43” x 62” bed
- Dark room for screen coating
- Pressure washer
- Assorted work tables
- Daily Rental (During Hours of MCCLA open to the public): $25
- Weekly Rental (During Hours of MCCLA open to public): $65 *Includes storage for the week
- * Weekly renters must empty out their flat files by the end of week on Saturday
- Textile: $75
- Preparation of screen (Does not include transparency): $30
- Transparency: $10
- Mission Grafica Studio will be open and follow the class calendar for the year.
Frequently Asked Questions
When can I register for classes?
Our classes work on a drop-in basis so you can start any time. Beginning students are welcome and you can visit any of our classes before you start.
Anybody that is new to Mission Gráfica and would like to start using the screen printing studio will need to take a beginning screenprint workshop in order to have access to Mission Gráfica open studio. This Workshop is basically a studio Orientation on how to use the facilities in the studio and also get the basics of screen printing and preparing Positives / Color separations.
Are there limits to printing work?
Students taking classes and half-day renters are limited to an edition of 25 prints and 3 screens. Day Rentals are available for anyone needing to print larger editions and clean more than 3 screens.
How do rentals work?
We offer weekly and daily rentals.
Weekly renters get their own flat drawer and access Tuesday through Saturday when the building is open to the public.