Guion has 20 years of sculpture on the first floor of the museum. Her work shows the interplay of her philosophy and subject matter. The recurring metaphor of the shadow figure, a human form without gender, is balanced by stone-like forms infused with the different colors of nature.
One work, "The Seven Generations," shows individual figures lying sideways in curves similar to waves. Guion has imbued each with a different texture mimicking an element of earth.
"Native Americans believed that you should treat the earth thinking about the seven generations ahead of you," she said. "The figures were created to represent the idea that we are stewards of the earth." Earth - in the form of Reedy River clay - has been incorporated into another one of the pieces.
Glenda's first career began in a bank in Nashville, her hometown. Starting as a teller, she quickly moved to head teller and then branch manager. Obviously, she was good at it, but she found it unfulfilling and went back to school, receiving her BFA from Middle Tennessee State University in 1985. She continued her studies at Clemson, getting her MFA in 1987. In 1988 she replaced long-time Fine Arts Center Ceramics Teacher Bob Chance, who accepted a similar position in the art department at Furman.
Once at The Fine Arts Center, her commitment to her art, her students and the school launched a career that saw her artwork featured in "Handbuilt Ceramics" by Kathy Tripplett (1997) and "500 Teapots" by Lark Books (2002). Her work with Fine Arts Center students for the Children's Wing of Greenville Memorial Hospital was featured in "Pottery Making Illustrated Magazine" (2004), a publication of the American Ceramic Society. She served as instructor at the Greenville Museum of Art, Clemson University and USC Upstate. She worked as a studio assistant for Ellen Kochansky, lectured at Furman and Tri-County Technical College, and did ceramic workshops for 16 different Greenville County Schools. In 2002 Glenda was part of the original group of artists who began Greenville Open Studios, one of the most successful programs of its kind in the country, and served as its chairperson for five years.
Ms. Guion's work is included in numerous public collections, such as the South Carolina State Art Collection, the Pickens County Museum, Columbia College, Clemson University, Sumter County Museum of Art, Elliott Davis, LLC and Middle Tennessee State University. She has received 13 first place awards and has been exhibited in more than 120 regional shows, 19 national juried exhibitions and 12 solo exhibitions. Her clay work has been exhibited in venues such as Hickory Museum of Art in Hickory, N.C.; Galleria Mesa in Mesa, Ariz.; Danforth Gallery in Portland, Maine; The Holter Museum of Art in Helena, Mont.; Eastern Washington University in Spokane, Wash.; The University of Memphis in Memphis, Tenn.; Southern Utah University in Cedar City, Utah; Gallery of Artifacts and Treasures in Daytona Beach, Fla.; Capital University in Columbus, Ohio; and The Museum of Modern Art in Miami, Fla.