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Advanta Sponsor Statement


Advanta has been privileged to enjoy a long and fruitful relationship with the Philadelphia Museum of Art and is proud to sponsor the magnificent exhibition, Cézanne and Beyond.

Creativity has been the cornerstone of Advanta's success since our company began in 1951 with $30 in seed money in founder Jack Alter's spare bedroom. Since then, Advanta has grown into one of the nation's largest credit card issuers in the small business market.

Visitors from around the world will draw inspiration from Cézanne and Beyond as they reflect upon the legacy of creativity and innovation that extended from the great French master to succeeding generations of remarkable talents.

In 1996, Advanta was the proud sponsor in Philadelphia of Cézanne, a major retrospective that was also seen in Paris and London. The present exhibition moves the artist’s remarkable impact forward, into the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. It’s a story that resonates with Advanta and our continuing goal to deliver innovative product offerings and opportunities to our 1.3 million small business cardholders.

Philadelphia is the only city to host Cézanne and Beyond. As a company headquartered in the Philadelphia area and focused on the small business market, Advanta celebrates the tourism and economic impact that the exhibition will bring to our region. We join with our Museum and city in welcoming international visitors to share in this inspiring and much anticipated cultural experience.

Advanta’s sponsorship of Cézanne and Beyond is part of our long-standing commitment to the communities in which our employees live and work, primarily the Greater Philadelphia Region and Salt Lake City, Utah. We believe that culture plays a vital role in a successful business climate, and we are deeply invested in both. Art awakens the senses and ignites the mind, teaching us more about our potential and our world. At Advanta, we believe that just as art connects us creatively with the past, it also offers a gateway to the future.

We are grateful for the hard work and dedication of all those who helped bring this ambitious exhibition to life. Very special thanks go to the staff of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, with whom we are extremely proud to partner in this magnificent project.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is among the largest museums in the United States, with a collection of more than 227,000 works of art and more than 200 galleries presenting painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, decorative arts, textiles, and architectural settings from Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the United States. Its facilities include its landmark Main Building on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the Perelman Building, located nearby on Pennsylvania Avenue, the Rodin Museum on the 2200 block of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and two 18th-century houses in Fairmount Park, Mount Pleasant and Cedar Grove. The Museum offers a wide variety of activities for public audiences, including special exhibitions, programs for children and families, lectures, concerts and films.

For additional information, contact the Marketing and Communications Department of the Philadelphia Museum of Art at (215) 684-7860. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is located on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 26th Street. For general information, call (215) 763-8100, or visit the Museum's website at www.philamuseum.org.

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