The modern quilt show is up for the month at 100 Gay Street art gallery. The show has a wonderful selection of quilts made by the local Modern quilt guild. I needed to have a list of who made which, but they didn't have a print out.
Some people think you have to use specific colors. Or have a large negative (or empty of design) space.
I can remember when "contemporary" label for a category came about. (yes, I'm that old...) You have to describe that be eliminating traditional, pictorial, and other familiar catagories. Then the newest style was the one that didn't fit into those catagories. Like trying to put different music into catagories, so you can find it in the stores. I think it's the shows that need the different groupings so it's easier to be judged.
I went to the modern quilt show in Georgia, and noticed that the quilting was way overboard when I was told that the negative space was for a simple straight line design. That was the maker could get it done quicker. Not so in the show. You can tell that the over quilted ones were makers who had always quilted that way, and now can make tops quicker to show off their quilting. Ok, but where do you draw the line on that?
I have also noticed in the AQS magazine, that the machine quilting is in 2 groups! What? Yes, the long arm, and the stationary machines! So, do you move the quilt or the machine! They get 2 different catagories and double the prizes....while the hand quilters in most shows are a single ribbon/award.... Now I have been hand quilting all this time, and would love to see the hand quilting all by itself again!