Mary Bero's intimate, decorative fiber works combine embroidery techniques with painting, drawing and sculptural elements to create primitive explosions of vibrant color and emotion. Her chaotic, figurative work, which emerges from fears and dreams, is meant to provoke and intrigue. Because of their intimate scale and frantic patterning, Bero’s mostly figurative works have a way of burrowing themselves into one’s consciousness.
Boston Museum of Fine Art, Boston, MA; Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO; Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN; Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI; Madison Art Center, Madison, WI; Chazen Museum of Art, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI; Northwestern University, Evanston, IL; Quad Graphics, Sussex, WI; Amoco; AT&T, New York, NY; Marshall Erdman & Associates, Inc., Madison, WI; Fiberarts, Asheville, NC; Rayovac Corporation, Madison, WI; Piper, Jaffray, and Hapwood, Minneapolis, MN; Continental Illinois Bank and Trust, Chicago, IL; ZSK, Krefeld, Germany; Madeira Threads, United Kingdom; Textilforum, Hannover, Germany.
Mary Bero has also had two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, one in 1986 and another in 1992.