Experience is the Key to Our Success

Our founder, Dr. Michael DeMarsche, has 25 years of experience in the museum field. He has served as the Executive Director of five museums and was the founding director of three of these museums. He has directed the design and construction of four museum buildings in the United States and Europe—an accomplishment rarely matched in the museum field.

Boost Private Revenues

We have raised well over $100 million in private support for museums. Whether your museum is large or small, has a long history of private fundraising or no history at all, we specialize in providing the advice you need to boost private revenues to your museum.  

Expertise in a Range of Areas

Although we specialize in helping museums in the areas of fundraising and development, our experience makes us uniquely qualified in a range of other areas, including board governance, strategic planning, and staff development.

Art Consulting

We help private individuals, corporations and museums acquire works of art of the highest quality.  We offer historical works as well as art by established contemporary artists with international reputations.   Whether you are an experienced collector or just beginning to amass a collection, we provide the expert advice you need when making any art purchase.

Our Latest Projects

The Catalina Island Museum

June 2016

The Cafesjian Center for the Arts

November 2009

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center

June 2007

The Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Arts

August 2003

Reviews of U.S. and European Projects

 

“The Fine Arts Center expansion is one of the most masterful and exciting remodeling projects I have seen in recent years. The new gallery spaces are beautifully proportioned and elegantly restrained in their detailing…”

Bruce GuentherChief Curator of the Portland Art Museum

“I had the time of my life and think Michael is some sort of museum genius.”

Thomas HovingFormer Director of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art

“…one of the most spectacular museum buildings to open anywhere, an instant landmark and tourist attraction.”

Michael KimmelmanCritic of The New York Times

“Superlatives barely contain the excitement: It's an ‘Extremely Grand Opening’ and the ‘Greatest Art Event in the History of Colorado Springs’….The grandiosity of this event is inevitable.”

Cover Story of The Colorado Springs Independent

“Think of the Guggenheim, Tate Modern and the Louvre….visit Yerevan, Armenia…discover there a Museum that deserves to be thought of along with the aforementioned iconic cultural institutions.”

The Culture Trip

“…a transcendent piece of architecture in its own right…Conclusion: a triumph that few of us could have imagined before Mike DeMarsche arrived almost exactly four years ago.”

John HazlehurstColorado Springs Business Journal

“…[The Cafesjian Center for the Arts] is doing what precious few museums and even fewer vanity enterprises like it can dream of doing — namely, offering a whole nation a kind of uplift.”

Michael KimmelmanCritic of The New York Times

Services

Fundraising

  • Attract private patrons capable of major gifts
  • Track and cultivate major gifts
  • Engage your board with private giving
  • Recruit professionals for your development staff and assist in their development

Governance

  • Attract well-qualified members to your board
  • Understand the role of your board
  • Engage your board with your strategic plan
  • Review and update the bylaws of your museum

Strategic Planning

  • Perform a feasibility study, answering questions surrounding your vision and future projects
  • Develop a “plan of action” for the next 3 to 5 years
  • Acquire a vision for your programs and exhibitions

Staff Development

  • Identify the strengths of your staff and areas needing support
  • Develop strategies that sharpen the skills of your staff
  • Discover how staff influence a visitor’s experience

Art Consulting

We work with you to  understand your interests and preferences.  We consult our large network of contacts to acquire works of the highest quality at the best possible value.

Artists We Represent

All the artists we represent have established reputations and are considered leaders in the field of contemporary art.  We also offer a selection of historical works.  Contact us to view our list of available works.

Dr. Michael DeMarsche

Dr. Michael DeMarsche received a Ph.D. in art history from Stanford University.  He has served as the Executive Director of five museums in the United States and Europe.  His experience as the founding director of three museums is unique.  He is responsible for four award-winning museum buildings, requiring well over $100 million in private funds.  He has created the entire infrastructure of museums — from developing their vision and organizing their Board of Directors, to raising the funds necessary for their construction and operations.  He has organized lectures, curated exhibitions and conducted interviews with such important figures in the arts as Thomas Hoving, Robert Hughes, John Waters, Michael Kimmelman, Phillippe de Montebello, Dale Chihuly, Joel Grey, Anderson and Low, Bob Colacello, Cynthia Lennon and Pattie Boyd.  He lives today with his wife, Karen, in a flat overlooking Amsterdam’s historic Kloveniersburgwal — the canal on which Rembrandt once lived and painted his best-known work, The Nightwatch.