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GREENSBORO, N.C. – Arts Greensboro's 17 Days Arts & Cultural Festival is hosting artists from all over the world in a body painting competition.

Under the theme "A Day in the Life," 22 artists painted on human canvases for more than six hours.

The artists, in categories of both professional and amateur, competed for cash prizes.

The competition is an extension of Living Art for America, originally based in Atlanta.

"It started with a 10 artist competition and its expanded within the last five years to include artists from 20 different countries and 15 different states to all come together once a year in Atlanta to compete for top honors for the North American body paint championship titles. Living Art Greensboro was an expansion of this event," said CEO of Living Art America Ken Goldwasser.

17 days Arts and Cultural festival hosts more than 150 arts events in music, canvas art and theater in 70 different locations across the city.

Deputy Director of Arts Greensboro Eleanor Schaffner-Mosh said last year more than 85,000 people attended the events and this year they expect to surpass that number.

"Greensboro is suddenly seen as a hub for arts and what's happening in the arts scene," Schaffner-Mosh said. "So we are so excited that the world is recognizing what we knew all along."