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Family Day: Play with Clay!

Close-up view of a child's hands as they play with clay

With guest artist Janiece Maddox

Drop by the Smart Museum of Art for a joyful journey of “clayful” activity.

During this monthly Family Day, create clay slabs, make tile relief sculptures, and collaborate at our one-of-a-kind clay-play table. Led by guest artist Janiece Maddox, the afternoon art activities are inspired by works on display in Ruth Duckworth: Life as a Unity.

Plus, from 2–3 pm, join our partners from the Chicago Public Library for an interactive and artistic Destination Discover Story Time. 

FREE, drop-in. Art-making supplies and other materials are provided. Family programs are best for kids 4–12, but all ages are welcomed! Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

About the guest artist

Janiece Maddox (b. 1998, Davenport, IA) is an interdisciplinary ceramic artist who earned her BFA in ceramics from the University of Iowa in 2022. She is currently based in Chicago, IL where she keeps a studio practice as well as works as a ceramics educator throughout the Chicago area. Her work addresses concepts of her identity and reality by contemplating the influence societal institutions have on the way we think.


Family Days at the Smart Museum are designed to celebrate the creative potential in all of us. With new projects every month, Family Days offer opportunities for kids and their caregivers to create together and connect with one another. Each program is unique, fun, and free, emphasizing invention, improvisation, and hands-on creativity.


Join Librarian Megan as she travels throughout Chicago and talks, sings, reads, writes, and plays. Destination Discovery Story Time allows Chicago Public Library users to visit cultural institutions in person or virtually from the comfort of your home or classroom.

Photo by Erik L. Peterson.