Mary Bero's work is in the nationally traveling exhibition INNOVATORS & LEGENDS: Generations in Textiles and Fibers. Organized by the Muskegon Museum of Art, Innovators and Legends explores the explosion of fiber as a fine arts movement during the latter half of the 20th century with over 75 works by 50 artists. The exhibition tells the story of the ongoing transformation of fiber arts from the functional and decorative to the innovative and experimental, and the creative potential of the wide array of diverse materials and techniques being used today. Contemporary themes such as narrative, identity, ecology, recycling, and political thought are explored, while continuing to draw upon the beauty and visual richness achieved through color, pattern, texture, and form.
The idea for the exhibition was conceived by Geary Jones, a Grand Rapids, Michigan based artist and teacher and has traveled to the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center in Auburn, New York, the Art Museum at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky and the University Art Museum of Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. Currently at the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, IA, Bero's work was featured on for the building's banner.