“Awesome! Off-the-chain fun! I had so much fun chatting with the models as they were being created and I couldn’t wait for the final creation. Once I saw the final result… words can’t even describe, just beyond incredible! Bravo! Can’t wait to attend the next event!”
— Rita Pearson (audience member)

“I had a great time in my first year as an artist. I felt overall that it was a great experience. The atmosphere was amazing and it was an honor to be among so much amazing talent. It’s a great opportunity for artists and an exhilarating experience for the audience. This was truly a challenge for me as a professional artist. I have never competed before and the experience of not only applying as emerging but being placed in pro and then competing among some of the top body painters in the world was truly an honor. Madelyn and Scott, thank you so much for working so tirelessly to make great connections and give opportunities to so many of us who might not otherwise get them. I can’t wait to apply to compete next year. ”
—Alicia Cobb (artist)

“Loved the event! Very well organized, great food, and very welcoming. Keep doing your amazing work!!!”
— Diane Noir (model)

“I love every second of the living art America events! I also very much appreciate my living art America family:)”
— Leah Gibson (model)


“I absolutely LOVED LOVED LOVED everything about the event. The venue was awesome, the photographers were great, the artists amazed me, and all of the staff and volunteers at Living Art America and the Chelko Foundation blew me away. I had the time of my life, and hope I get another opportunity to take part in any event you guys need help with! Thank you for the wonderful food at the end!!!!!”
— Stephanie Schilling (artist)

“We had such a wonderful time this year, we appreciated the volunteers who came around to change water, give us water to drink, and in offering snacks. We had plenty of room to work with, and the lighting was on-point. We also enjoyed the dinner that was offered; we really loved the food. Everything went smooth, to setting up, taking pics with photogs, and in cleaning our station. There were also volunteers available to help us out in throwing away our trash. The parking situation was also helpful in loading and unloading.”
— Oscar Galvan (artist)

“Thanks for sending out out all those email notices to keep us updated! Good space at venue— the way the tables were placed, the temperature, the little attention to the model, the carpet, the straw, baby wipes, lot of volunteers, good food, nice stage and presentation. Nice decor in the guest room.”
—Lorie Hamel (artist)

“Having the honor of being a part of this event since its first competition, I feel it is getting better with every year. The quality of food provided to participants was by far the best this year. I also like that both merging & pro were mixed together in the stations—felt it gave a more competitive edge.. Having volunteers fetching water for the artists was a huge plus in my book!”
—Keith Frutiger (artist)

“It ran smoother than last year, the facility was well ventilated and was clean!!! The process of getting judged and then the smooth route of getting pictures taken was brilliant. There was food provided for the artist and models which was very nice, the food was good too, yummy. I loved the UV lights on the runway and sound system was good and loud. I look forward to next year, either competing or just being painted, I won’t miss out!!!!!!”
— Dyon Holmes (model)


“This weekend was amazing and that is putting it rather lightly. I met wonderfully talented people, reconnected with old friends, made some exceptional new ones, had conversations from the mundane to life-altering, watched history being made and was immersed into a world of art, colors, culture, positive energy, personalities and life….so much life. If people are only as good as the company they keep, then a special group is floating well above good into the highest parts of this world. Always be creating, remember you are a “bad ass”, live, laugh, love and…click. I have been honored, humbled, inspired and blessed by all of you”
—Dewayne Flowers (artist)

“Thank you for the opportunity to participate as a model this year. It was truly an amazing experience and one of the highlights of my modeling and acting career. I will definitely be applying to participate again next year!”
—Dawn Douglas (model)

“It was a beautiful event filled with talent and great people.”
—Craig Tracy (jury)

“Such a great time and awesome people! I’ll hopefully do better next year!!!”
—Frankie Caron (artist)

“I was lucky to participate in an amazing event, Living Art America Bodies as a Work of Art. It was my first competition. I felt so welcomed and blessed to meet all extremely talented artists, beautiful models and introduced to an amazing art community. It wasn’t just competition, it was gathering with beautiful creative people. So much to learn! So much inspiration! It was more than awesome! Thank you all! Much LOVE!”
—Lana Chromium (artist)

“What an amazing week we had in Atlanta, thank you to all my new and long friends for making this a trip to remember !! Special thanks to my amazing host and wonderful couple Linda and Sandy!”
—Liliana Hopman (artist)

“Again, thank you for the amazing event. I enjoyed every minute of it and I was so happy with the model you booked for us. Faye was BRILLIANT! Loved her. So thank you for making this trip to USA unforgettable and full of smiles.”
— Riina Laine (artist)

“Wow! What a powerful and beautiful show this year! Congratulations on the success and many more to come.”
—Olena Fashion TV (media)

“ I am humbled & honored to be a part-love you big time!! Paul is beaming with pride-another event well done :)”
—Keith Frutiger (artist)

“Thank you for the really welcoming atmosphere and AMAZING event organization! It was my first competition and I got so much experience, new friends and good vibes from the Living Art America event and from 3 days we spent together a like big art family.”
—Lana Chromium (artist)

“I had the most exhilarating and magical time of my life. I am so very appreciative to you and Madelyn for including me in such an awesome life changing event. I would love the opportunity anytime you need/want me to be apart of your vision and artistic wonder. I do cherish the time we spend together and look forward to the next one.”
Lisa Jay (model)

“Thank you for the amazing opportunity to perform at Living Art America. I am so honored to have been a part of such a wonderful event. The amount of talent from all the participants was so inspiring! I was beyond happy to share my artist’s work with the judges and everyone involved, it was an experience of a lifetime. I look forward to future events and wish the best for The Chelko Foundation. Thank you again!”
—Heather Pietrzak (model)

“Thank you for having me, it was such an honor to be marked in history.”
—Brandy Valentine (model)

Brandon Saddler “It was nice to meet you and see everyone’s preparation come together with great success. A real pleasure to be a player in such an impressive event. Some really great work came out of it and I look forward to what develops next.“
—Brandon Saddler (artist)

“Thank you so much for selecting me to be a part of the wonderful event! My deepest gratitude and love to you all!! :)”
—Darriana Reda (model)

“I know it has been an array of emotions and a labor of love during this creation! Kudos to the entire TRIBE! It was a pivotal point in my career, but most of all, one of the most engaging, uplifting and inspirational human interactions I have ever experienced. We are all so fortunate to be able to share and grow to such great heights”
—Faye Petree (model)