Stag at Sharkey’s; Artist Jerry Schmidt; Colossal Office Building Canvass; Painting the Town

As part of its centennial celebration this year, the Cleveland Museum of Art is putting a spotlight on some of the most famous pieces in the collection. Among them is George Bellows’ 1909 depiction of a rowdy, backroom boxing match, called "Stag at Sharkey’s." For more than a century, art scholars have praised Bellows’ skill in capturing the raw energy of a no-holds bout. But, to get a better insight into the reality of this image, ideastream senior arts reporter David C. Barnett turned to a different set of critics - a trio of boxers.

Inside the lobby of the gleaming Hearst tower in Manhattan, completed in 2006, that sits atop the original building, built by William Randolph Hearst in 1928 is a colossal canvas. That artist, Richard Long, took a very hands on approach to competing.

Art has the power to make you laugh, cry and to heal. For long-time Cleveland-artist, Jerry Schmidt, it became his salvation.

Plus, we tour the murals of downtown St. Petersburg and meet the artists behind the large-scale works that adorn building facades.

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