What’s De Marsche up to?

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For the curious, it’s interesting to see where high profile former Colorado Springs business and civic leaders end up – even if they were only brief contributors.

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center President and CEO from 2002 through 2007, Dr. Michael De Marsche, has made headlines throughout Europe as well as in last week’s New York Times as the executive director for the just-opened Cafesjian Center for the Arts in Yerevan, Armenia.

The “mad work of architectural megalomania,” as the Times described the sculpture park, terraced gardens and galleries, was estimated to have cost $40 million – almost double the museum’s original budget. Its primary benefactor is art collector Gerard L. Cafesjian, a Minnesota resident.

While the project was much larger than the $28 million addition and improvements to the FAC completed during 2007, De Marsche, was approached at the same time by Cafesjian to help finish the Armenian project, started during 2002.

No word yet on whether he’ll stay put or or move on.