The Rosemary Kowalski Collection Exploring the Life and Legacy of San Antonio's Culinary and Entrepreneurial Icon

March 18 - April 1, 2024

John L. Santikos Building Foyer | UTSA Southwest Campus
1201 Navarro St, San Antonio, TX 78205
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About the Collection

UTSA proudly celebrates Women's History Month with an exhibit dedicated to the life and legacy of Rosemary Kowalski - an icon of San Antonio's hospitality industry. As a pioneering woman business owner who grew a small catering business into a culinary enterprise, Rosemary's influence on key moments in San Antonio's history—including serving as the official caterer of HemisFair '68 and for countless dignitary visits to the city—has lasting impact.

Preserved by UTSA Libraries Special Collections, a selection from Rosemary's delightful collection of personal papers and artifacts is on display for a limited time in honor of her 100th birthday this year. Exhibit attendees will enjoy a rare and intimate glimpse into Rosemary's story through her photographs, recipes, appointment calendars and other personal mementos from her 70+ year career.

Exhibit Information


Opening Reception

Monday, March 18 | 5:00 - 6:30 PM

Join us for a celebratory reception to honor Rosemary and get a first look at her remarkable collection. Complimentary parking is available from 4:00 - 7:00 PM in Southwest Campus Lot 1. See the interactive map below.

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View the Kowalski Collection

March 18 - April 1 | 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

The exhibit is located in the Santikos Building at UTSA's Southwest Campus, just inside the building's foyer along the entryway. Visitors can view the exhibit anytime during the building's normal operating hours.

UTSA Southwest Campus Parking Map


Visitors to the UTSA Southwest Campus will find hourly paid parking spaces in Southwest Lot 1. Parking in Lot 1 will be complimentary during the opening reception on March 18. For those with a UTSA parking permit, parking is available in several UTSA Southwest lots.

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