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