BOSTON -- Miye Matsukata, the internationally acclaimed artist and sculptor whose works are documented by the Smithsonian Institution's Archives of American Art, died Monday following a short illness. She was 59.
Ms. Matsukata died unexpectedly at the Massachusetts General Hospital after being admitted on Sunday.
Doctors could not immediately pinpoint the cause of death, but suspect she succumbed to meningitis, an infection of membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord, a spokeswoman for Ms. Matsukata said.
Born in Tokyo in 1922, Ms. Matsukata immigrated to the United States in 1940 and studied at Principia College in Illinois and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts School.
She operated an appointment-only showroom, the Atelier Janiye, in Boston's Copley Square where she exhibited and sold her hand-crafted jewlery.
Ms. Matsukata is survived by her mother, Miyo Matsukata of Tokyo, and four sisters: Mrs. Haru Reischauer of Belmont, Mass., wife of former American Ambassador to Japan, Edwin Reischauer; Mrs. Naka Rawsthorne of Laguna Hills, Calif.; Tane Matsukata of Tokyo; and Mrs. Mari Bruck of Studio city, Calif.
Funeral arrangments were incomplete.