Upcoming Panopticon Events:

Fall 2018

Winter Art Show – Friday, November 16, 2018 – Location to be announced

Submit your best drawings, paintings, origami, macaroni collages, or macramé, plus any other panopticonstructions you might have made that we didn’t even think of. Submit your work or proposed work at this link by Nov. 10th.

Too shy to submit anything? That’s okay, come hang out with us and enjoy the beautiful art work made by your favorite Simmons pals.

Either way, RSVP on Facebook here!

Previous Events:

Spring 2017

Panopticon does ARLIS/na New England Chapter Spring Meeting
Friday, April 21st @ All day — Rogers Williams University, Bristol, RI
Panopticoners will be attending the New England Chapter Spring meeting of the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS)! ARLIS is our parent organization, and we’re working to get Panopticoners directly involved in what they do. Join us!! We’re working on a ride-share, so please contact us at if you’re seriously interested. Register here –> It will be a blast!

Look at me now: Visual Literacy + Zine Workshop
Saturday, April 22nd @ 1:00 – 5:00 PM — SOM Room M513, Simmons College
Join Panopticon and PLG for this rad collab event. We’ll start with a panel discussion about critical librarianship + visual literacy with Jennifer Ferretti, Siân Evans, Dawn Stahura, and Stephanie Grimm. After, join us in crafting a zine of your own! And yes, there will be food. Read more about the event here –> read more!

One Day Art Show Extravaganza
Saturday, May 6th @ 5:00 – 9:00 PM — Fifth Floor of SOM Building, Simmons College
The Panopticon SLIS Art Show is back. Join us for the evening reception of our one-day art show extravaganza! Turn out to support your SLIS professors and fellow students, to celebrate art and community, and to enjoy a beautiful view of the Boston skyline! We’ll have food and drinks and mad art. Bring your friends and family, and we’ll see you there! RSVP here, if ya don’t mind –>

Drink&Draw with LISSA
Friday, March 31st @ 6:00 PM — Lansdowne Pub
After the wild success of last semester’s event, Drink&Draw with LISSA is back for a second round! Join us for this casual SLIS networking and coloring event.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS / One Day Art Show Extravaganza
Saturday, February 25th – Saturday, March 25th
Panopticon is now accepting artwork submissions of all media from all SLIS students, faculty, and staff, for its One Day Art Show Extravaganza. Submission details here –>

Panopticon Gets Crafty
Thursday, March 23rd @ 5:30 PM
Literally… join us for craft night!

St. Patrick’s Day Eve Mixer
Thursday, March 16th @ 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM — Puddingstone Tavern
Happy almost-St. Patrick’s Day!

Radical Cataloging + Zine Workshop
Friday, February 24th @ 6:30 PM — Beatley Library, L-225
Passionate about radical librarianship? Want to make some art ? PLG and Panopticon will be hosting a hands-on presentation and zine workshop. Andrew Clark, our discovery and metadata librarian, will talk about radical cataloging and then you can practice the techniques of zine making and create one of your own! Snacks are included.

Social Night with AMIA & Panopticon
Friday, February 17th @ 7:00 PM — Puddingstone Tavern
Free apps! Great conversation! Friends! Art / cultural heritage / audio-visual / librarianship / archiving y’all. What else could you ask for?

Coffee&Questions with Ann Whiteside
Wednesday, February 15th @ 1:00 PM — The Collaboratory
Join Panopticon and Ann Whiteside (Director of the Frances Loeb Library at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design) for Coffee & Questions. We’ll be having a chat about Library as Place, through a cultural heritage lens. Feel free to drop in and out.

Panopticon Welcome Event
Thursday, January 26th @ 2:30 PM — The Collaboratory
Panopticon’s semesterly welcome event previews our agenda items for the semester and allows students and Panopticon offers to connect and collaborate.

Fall 2016

Panopticon SLIS Art Show
Friday, November 11th – Friday, November 18th — The Collaboratory
Panopticon SLIS Art Show featuring works by SLIS students.

Panopticon SLIS Art Show Opening Reception
Friday, November 11th @ 6:30 PM — The Collaboratory
Join us for the opening of Panopticon’s Simmons SLIS Art Show. We will have amazing snacks, great art, and cool people. Come out and support your friends and peers!

Drink & Draw 
Saturday, November 5th @ 6:00 PM — The Lansdowne Pub
LISSA & Panopticon bring you a night of friends, crayons, and beer! Join us for a casual networking hang-out with your SLIS peers. Coloring supplies provided.

Panopticon SLIS Student/Faculty/Staff Art Show Art Submission Deadline
Saturday, October 15th, 11:59 PM 
Panopticon is excited to announce its Fall 2016 SLIS Student/Faculty/Staff Art Show! All submissions will be accepted, on a first-come-first-serve basis. Details here.

Panopticon at Puddingstone
Thursday, October 6th, 6 – ? PM — Puddingstone Tavern, 1592 Tremont St., Boston
A casual get-together of Simmons SLIS peeps interested in talking about art, cultural heritage, and LIS, and doodling on bar napkins. We’re providing appetizers!

Panopticon Open House Meetings
Monday, September 26th, 2:30 – 4:30 PM — The Collaboratory
Wednesday, September 28th, 5 – 7 PM — SLIS Student
Come hang out to brainstorm, decorate cookies, and snack! We want your input as we plan a great year for Panopticon. Hope to see you there!

Spring 2016

Data Management for Artists Workshop
Saturday, May 7th, 1 – 5 PM — Faculty and Staff Lunch Room, Main College Building 
Do you know any artists who could use some help coming up with strategies for handling their digital assets? We’re talking systems of organization, tools and plans for incorporating metadata into their lives (including using controlled vocabularies), best practices in file naming conventions, approaches to preservation for different kinds of media, search engine optimization, the works. 

ALA, PLG, and Panopticon Present: A Zine Workshop
Wednesday, April 6th –The Collaboratory, Palace Road Building 
Featuring informal but informationally-rich discussions about zine culture, activism, history, and bookbinding techniques by Dawn Stahura (Beatley Library), Sarah Ruggiero (Papercut Zine Library), Linnea Vegh (North Bennet Street School), and Mckenzie Mullen (SLIS). Make your own zine! Learn a new binding technique! Get acquainted with the vast, radical history of zines and their role in the margins of mainstream culture, and at the center of punk and queer activist culture.

Meet n’ Greet n’ Eat Pizza (Again)
Tuesday, February 2nd — The Collaboratory, Palace Road Building
Come and interface/stuff your face with your friendly campus arts librarianship organization! We want to know what you want to see from us, and we can’t wait to tell you about what we have in the works for this semester.

Fall 2015

Semester-End Movie/Self-Care/Unwind Sesh: Desk Set
Sunday, December 13 — Lecture Hall 183, Science Building 
Katharine Hepburn. Spencer Tracy. Reference librarians vs. computers–in 1957. Set during Christmastime. What’s not to love? Come and get your relaxation on.


Meta Panel: Where Art and Archives Intersect
Saturday, October 24 — Lecture Hall 183, Science Building | 2-5 PM
Featured panelists with backgrounds in visual, performance, noise, video, installation, circus arts, archives, music, art education, libraries, rare books, special collections, film, puppetry, and more. A truly radical discussion of the past, present, and future of archival access to works of art. Panelists included:

  • Angela DiVeglia — Providence Public Library
  • Maggie Cavallo — Harvard University, etc.
  • Philip Fryer — Artist
  • Elizabeth Novak — With Care Jewelry, LLC
  • Nabeela Vega — Artist
  • Amanda Zhang — EMW Bookstore

A complete transcript of the event is available here.

Meet and Greet and Eat Pizza
September 25 — 6-8 PM | Collaboratory
Come to our first ever open forum meeting! Join us for pizza, dolphins, conversation, and planning for the semester’s events and activities. We’ve already got some exciting things we can’t wait to share with you.

Spring 2015

Study & A Movie Break Spring ’15
April 26 — P206 | 12-5pm Movie at 1pm
Take a break from the finals stress and come watch a movie with us! We have a room reserved for some semi-quiet study, with a fun movie break in the middle and however many snacks we can buy with what’s left of our budget.

This semester we want your help choosing the movie! See our blog post for the survey link.

Course Chat & Crafts
April 14 — 4:00-5:30pm | SLIS Student Lounge
Having trouble deciding what classes to take next year? Come by and hear about the Cultural Heritage Program, chat with your peers, get recommendations, and even eat some snacks.

Art Librarianship Career Panel
On March 23rd, we invited some recent grads working in arts librarianship to come answer your questions about life after Simmons. Moderator Professor Martha Mahard, also discussed the cultural heritage program at SLIS. A recording of the event will be available soon.
Panelists included:

  • Sarah Pratt — Howard Gotlieb Archives at Boston University
  • Brendan Higgins — Boston Conservatory
  • Ashley Peterson — Librarian at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston & President of the ARLIS/NA New England Chapter

View the Video:

Lunchtime Talk with Victoria Reed
On March 20th, Victoria Reed, the Curator for Provenance at the MFA, came to campus and spoke about her experiences researching Nazi-era art ownership and restitution. View our flyer for more information!

On February 26th we went on a behind the scenes tour through the Northeast Document Conservation Center. We visited four departments: the paper lab, the book lab, the digital imaging studios, and the IRENE Audio Preservation lab. See out blog post for more info

Fall 2014

Study & A Movie Break Fall ’14
On November 23rd we hosted a groups study party during finals week. After some studying we took a break to watch the Oscar-nominated documentary Finding Vivian Maier. With a great turn-out, interesting discussion, and quality study time, we considered this event a huge success and will be repeating it each semester.

Postcard-making and Meet & Greet Event
On October 2nd the new Panopticon leadership hosted its first event – an open meeting in the SLIS lounge. We made postcards, had snacks, and met with students interested in arts librarianship. We got some great ideas for future events, and three participants became officers later in the semester.



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