Professional Printmaking Program


Self Help Graphics & Art’s (SHG) acclaimed Professional Printmaking Program offers artists of various experiences the opportunity to create fine art limited edition prints and monoprints through a peer-led approach that is dedicated to providing an environment that nurtures and supports our artists’ creativity and careers.

The PPP is the foundation of the organization. The program has produced over 1,000 editions of silkscreen prints by an ever-growing number of local and visiting artists. This program offers artists of various ages and experiences the opportunity to create limited edition prints within an environment that nurtures and supports artists’ creativity and careers in Self Help Graphics’ nationally acclaimed printmaking studio. Projects range in theme and content. A week-long artist residency is held in collaboration with Self Help Graphics’ team and a fully equipped printmaking studios.

Each year, SHG conducts one to two atelier projects. 10 artists per atelier are invited to create new work in SHG’s nationally recognized printmaking studio. An artist/curator is selected for each atelier and projects range in theme and focus. The artist/curator selects participating artists and presents the project’s concept to SHG’s Director of Programs and Printers, after which it is presented to participating artists. The project’s method of peer-to-peer learning through the role of the artist/curator continues the tradition of SHG’s artist-led mission and programming.

Artist from the first ateliers reviewing sketches, 1983

Artist from the first ateliers reviewing sketches, 1983

Once the artists are selected, a weeklong artist residency is held in collaboration with the artist/curator as well as SHG’s Director of Programs and Printers at SHG’s fully equipped printmaking studios. Artists are free to use traditional painting techniques and to experiment with text, digital, or photo manipulation in the creation of their work. The artist works with the Director of Programs and Printers throughout the entire process. Each edition is printed on archival paper, receives SHG’s studio chop, and is certified in accordance with professional printmaking standards.


Interested in the Professional Printmaking Program?

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Gabriel Garcia Roman and his print "Carlos & Fernando," 2017

Gabriel Garcia Roman and his print "Carlos & Fernando," 2017

As is the tradition of the program, each artist receives 50% of their edition, and all artist proofs. A portion of the remaining prints are distributed among SHG’s archive at UC Santa Barbara as well as among a number of national institutions, which house SHG’s collection including the National Mexican Museum of Art in Chicago and University of Notre Dame. The remaining prints are placed into inventory and sold to the public with proceeds going to help sustain the program. It is our philosophy to view the entire process as an exchange. The artist is given the opportunity to create a first quality print (serigraph, intaglio, relief) edition free of charge, and SHG receives a share of the edition for programming and fundraising. It is also important to note that print exhibitions created through this program reach diverse local, national, and international audiences, furthering the exposure and impact of the artist’s work.

As one of the most recognized Latino printmaking centers in America, SHG is committed to taking more innovative approaches in everything it does. Since 2012 SHG has been dedicated to working with artists in exploring the juxtaposition of traditional and non-traditional printmaking processes, as well as to the development of content that is at once culturally relevant and investigative. As is our tradition and mission, emerging artists will be central in helping us experiment in each atelier.

Tanya "NenaSoulFly" Melendez creating film positives, 2012

Tanya "NenaSoulFly" Melendez creating film positives, 2012

Monoprint by Sandy Rodriguez, 2013

Monoprint by Sandy Rodriguez, 2013



Self Help Graphics’ Exhibition Print Program is an active lending/consignment program that allows organizations and companies to host curated exhibitions of Self Help Graphics’ print collection. Local and regional organizations are asked to partner with Self Help Graphics by providing a venue for exhibition and are either lent the work at no charge, or are invoiced a nominal fee. Corporate and for-profit clients are asked to make a contribution of $1,000 – $5,000 to rent suites of prints for up to six month, which helps support ongoing partnerships.
Through SHG’s Exhibition Print Program (EPP), new work in all print mediums has been exhibited to local, regional, national and international audiences. The focus of the EPP has been to provide broad audiences access to art in both traditional and non-traditional venues, but especially to underserved segments of the community, who might otherwise not have the opportunity to experience the art and culture represented through the artwork. The EPP has also enabled Self Help to show the work of local artists in museums and art centers in key regional exhibits. Self Help has also reached a national audience through major endeavors such as Across the Street: Self Help Graphics & Art and Chicano Art in Los Angeles (1995-97). Self Help has worked with the following organizations and businesses to present uniquely curated print exhibitions:

Mexican Cultural Institute (Olvera Street), Oct. 2010

Fremont Gallery (Pasadena), Nov. 2010

Camachos Café (Olvera Street), Ongoing

La Fonda Restaurant (McArthur Park), Jan. 2011

Mercado La Paloma (South Central LA), Aug. – Oct. 2011

LA vs WAR II (Los Angeles), Sep. 2011

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Asco: Elite of the Obscure, A Retrospective, 1972-1987, Sep. – Dec. 2011

Autry National Center, Art Along the Hyphen: The Mexican-American Generation, Oct. 2011 – Jan. 2012

Fowler Museum at UCLA, Mapping Another L.A.: The Chicano Art Movement, Oct. 2011 – Feb. 2012

Paley Center (Beverly Hills), Nov. 2011

Casa 0101, (Boyle Heights), Nov. 2011

Academia Semillas del Pueblo (El Sereno), Dec. 2011-Mar. 2012

L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center, Mariposas Presente, Oct. – Nov. 2012

Lexus, Sabor (Beverly Hills), March 2014

LACMA, Futbol: The Beautiful Game, Feb. – Jul. 2014

La Plaza de Cultura y Artes, ¡Viva la Causa! Dolores Huerta and the Struggle for Justice, Apr. – Jul. 2014

Musée d’Aquitaine (Bordeaux, France), Chicano Dream, Jun. – Oct. 2014

City Hall, 2014 – Present

Tonalli Studio, May 2015 – June 2015

Mi Centro (LGBT Center – Boyle Heights), September 2015 – Present

Mis Propios Espacios / My Own Spaces, DAC Gallery, September 10 – October 29, 2016

Welcome!, Cal State LA Fine Arts Gallery, April 2016

Self Help Graphics & Art has a loyal international following, and has expanded its audience to Africa (nine nations), Germany, France and Spain through its Arts America touring show Chicano Expressions. The success of the USA tour has resulted in an extension into Mexico. Self Help has also presented the first ever Day of the Dead at the Glasgow Print Studio in Scotland in November 1996.



Open Print Making Studio


The Open Printmaking Studio (OPS) supports working artists in their exploration of both traditional and experimental printmaking in the forms of relief, intaglio, and monotype. Through open studio, workshops, lectures and exhibits, we encourage interest in the art and history of the fine art print - for the general public as well as for artists.


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