national anthology of the best undergraduate writing 2014

The Art 2013

Each year, plain china showcases some of the most talented undergraduates in America. While our main focus has always been the written word, the images that accompany the work add tremendously to the aesthetic experience of reading the anthology. With each monthly publication throughout the year, we will add featured images.

Schools listed in the captions below represent those in whose journals the work appeared, which sometimes differ from the artists’ schools. Please see individual biographies on featured pages for further information.

We thank the 57 undergraduate artists from around the country who grace these pages with their fine work.

  • All Aboard
    Kathryn Gillon
    American University
  • House #7
    David Brinkmann
    Bennington College
  • Draining
    Samantha Leigh
    Bennington College
  • Beach Tree
    Brittany Kleinschnitz
    Bennington College
  • Leah
    Eddie Sitt
    Bennington College
  • Gold Self Portrait
    Chloe Heymans
    Bennington College
  • Untitled
    Rebecca White
    Bennington College
  • The Fog Rolls In
    Gretchen Fredericksen
    Boston College
  • Sitting in Sunshine
    Bhavana Jonnalagadda
    California Institute of Technology
  • Self Portrait
    Kyle Ford
    College of Charleston
  • Monastary
    Tara Milliken
    Colorado College
  • Untitled
    Deborah Detchon
    Colorado College
  • Oil Painting
    Hollis Moore
    Colorado College
  • Home IV
    Luca Molnar
    Dartmouth College
  • Ford Truck
    Kasey Clark
    Eckerd College
  • Fisherman
    Chelsey Moody
    Emerson College
  • I Can See
    Corey Rowland
    Florida State University
  • Glen, from Alabama
    Saulaman Schlegel
    Grand View University
  • Poolside Beer
    Elena Lynch
    Grinnell College
  • Helmsley, United Kingdom
    Elle Azul Duncombe-Mills
    Grinnell College
  • Kew Gardens
    Lorraine Blatt
    Grinnell College
  • Athens
    Elle Azul Duncombe-Mills
    Grinnell College
  • The Station
    Hannah Reed
    Guilford College
  • Beach with Dad
    Raina Martens
    Guilford College
  • XxX
    Juliet Magoon
    Guilford College
  • Granny Panty Wedding Gown
    Emily Anderson
    Hamilton College
  • Tampon Vase
    Danielle Lashley
    Hamilton College
  • Guitar
    Courtney Eckler
    Mary Baldwin College
  • Beautiful Danger
    Katie Wilson
    Ohio State University
  • Road to Infinity
    J. Sean Thomas
    Prescott College
  • Man in Striped Chair
    Sierra Barela
    Rhode Island School of Design
  • Reckoner
    Raghda Maaliki
    Rhode Island School of Design
  • Self-Portrait with One Eye
    Jia Sung
    Rhode Island School of Design
  • You Are Nowhere
    Lydia Smith
    Rice University
  • Red
    Ally Christofferson
    Seattle Pacific University
  • Untitled
    Brian Finks
    St. Olaf College
  • The Lost Coast Series 4
    Dana Edwards
    Stanford University
  • Untitled
    Cliff Owl
    Stanford University
  • Laughter in the Streets of Istanbul
    Anna Blue
    Stanford University
  • Trees in Darkness
    Taylor Clock
    State University of New York at Oswego
  • Winter Alley
    Nick Graziano
    State University of New York at Oswego
  • In the Frosty Air
    Kirsten Burke
    State University of New York At Oswego
  • Colored Prayers
    Renata Malionek
    Susquehanna University
  • Never Too Early to Laugh
    Renata Malionek
    Susquehanna University
  • Empty Table
    Mandi Vivacqua
    Susquehanna University
  • Map
    Lathan Vargason
    The Adroit Journal
  • Anyone Lived in a Pretty How Town
    Bailey Meadows
    University of Florida
  • Untitled Sketch
    Dounia Bendris
    University of Florida
  • Immolation
    Shandton Williams
    University of Georgia
  • Obligations
    Katie King
    University of Georgia
  • Suspend
    Maura Friedman
    University of Georgia
  • No Longer In Use: Seclusion and Isolation in Iowa's First and Only Asylum
    Amy Nichols
    University of Iowa
  • Violin
    Marissa Rublee
    University of Maine
  • Habitat: Community Conflict
    Beau Sinchai
    University of Minnesota
  • Splash
    Claire Deahl
    University of Pittsburgh
  • Secret Ocean
    Janelle Sadarananda
    University of Richmond
  • Oil & Water
    Holly Greenleaf
    University of Vermont
  • Grimm
    Jessica Mailhot
    University of Vermont
  • Conflagration
    Siman Xie
    Wheaton College