I got a notice last week about QuiltCon, the big show sponsored by the Modern Quilt Guild that will be in Austin in February 2015. I've written in the past about Modern Quilting and what it is, and my fascination with how MQ is different from what I do continues. (I think it's different, but can't really tell.)
One clue to the things an institution values is how it structures the categories for its shows and awards, so I checked out the QuiltCon juried show info.
In addition to Applique, Fabric Challenge, Youth Quilts, and Group Quilts, definitions that seem pretty obvious, the show has categories for Handwork, Improvisation, Minimalist Design, Use of Negative Space, Piecing, and Modern Traditionalism. You can enter only one quilt per category.
More intriguing is trying to imagine the judges' thought process. "Quilt A is by far the best in design, composition and color, but Quilt B has better negative space!"
The prize money isn't nearly as generous as at that other big quilt show in Texas -- $5000 for best in show, several $1000 prizes and $500 in each category -- but you might want to check it out. Especially if you are good at negative space.