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The Delaplaine Fine Arts Center

The Delaplaine Fine Arts is home to the Visual and Performing Arts Department offices, as well as The Lynne & Joseph Horning Theater and The Thomas H. & Mary K. Williams Art Gallery. This beautiful building features the art gallery, production shop, dressing rooms, improved classroom space, and state of art theater technology.

Every season the Delaplaine Fine Arts Center presents performances, concerts, and exhibits that feature the extraordinary talents of Mount St. Mary's students, faculty, and staff. It is through the support of the Mount St. Mary's University community and our donors great and small, especially George Delaplaine, Joe and Lynne Horning, and Tom and Mary Williams, that we are able to showcase local and national artists for our students and the surrounding community in such an outstanding venue.

The Lynne & Joseph Horning Theater

The Delaplaine Fine Arts Center, formerly known as Flynn Hall, has been home to the performing arts ever since the very first performances at the Mount. The Lynne and Joseph Horning Theater is a remarkable black-box venue and provides production capabilities that are at the forefront of theater technology. The recent renovation has added features such as:

  • Modular risers that allow for proscenium, thrust, tennis court, and arena configuration with clear sight lines.

  • Plush seating for 148 patrons in the proscenium configuration and a minimum of 200 in the arena configuration.

  • Pipe grid capable of hanging our 158 new lighting instruments in any configuration

  • ETC Ion lighting console

  • Integrated house sound system featuring multiple mixing positions for the Allen and Heath GL2000 console, moveable speakers, multiple tie-ins for video and audio, as well as an intercom system.

  • Spacious lobbies

  • Main stage traveler and new draperies

  • Handicap seating and elevator access

  • Dressing rooms and a central makeup room

  • Costume and prop storage

  • Dedicated backstage production shop

  • Loading dock and materials lift

  • Portable rigging system & 8 motorized chain lifts

  • Masonite dance floor with neoprene underlay

All of this helps to give this once humble black-box an impressive punch in an infinitely customizable package. Witness this in person at one of the upcoming performances, or schedule a tour with our Admissions Office.

Interested in hosting an event here? Find out more about renting the Delaplaine Fine Arts Center.

The Thomas H. & Mary K. Williams Art Gallery


The Thomas H. & Mary K. Williams Art Gallery is a beautiful setting dedicated to the exhibition of wonderful works of art for both Mount students and the surrounding community. The department of visual and performing arts is proud to host both local and nationally recognized exhibits throughout the year.

In addition to these touring exhibits the exceptional talents of our visual arts students are showcased in our alumni exhibition, the Simon Bruté Juried Student Exhibition, and our Senior Art Shows.

The gallery is free and open to the public, the hours may vary depending on the time of year, so please check the web site regularly for updates about the current exhibition.

Gallery Hours:
M/W/F: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
T/Th: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
& 2 - 4 p.m.
or by appointment

Contact Us:
(301) 447-5308

Visual and Performing Arts Calendar

Check out the Department of Visual and Performing Arts Calendar
to see what is going on in the Horning Theater.

Delaplaine Center Rental Information

The Lynne and Joseph Horning Theater is the perfect venue for a variety of events:

Theater Performances
Training Programs
Praise and Worship
Private Events

In its end stage configuration the theater provides an intimate setting for up to 150 patrons. The recent renovation has upgraded the facilities technical specifications to include state of the art sound and lighting equipment, as well as a masonite dance floor with neoprene underlay. The Delaplaine Fine Arts Center is also ready to assist with technical production and box office assistance.

Rates vary depending on use, technical requirements, and organization status. (Currently the Williams Gallery is not available for rent)

Contact Us

Conferences and Special Programs Office
(301) 447-5330
(301) 447-5818 (Fax)

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