Increasingly, we are seeing art studios hiring administrators. There are, on the other hand, people who love the arts in a genuine way, and who possess administrative skills, and who desire to become art administrators. Such people tend to ask questions about the art studio administration role, and what it involves. In other words, such people tend to show keenness in understanding the common functions of an art studio administrator.
We come to learn that in most art studios, the administrator is the person who manages the human resources. It is not that the art studio administrator supervises the staff per se, but rather, he handles certain human resource management aspects. The art studio administrator may, for instance, be the one to set up interviews when there are new people being hired. He may also be the one who prepares the payroll, ensuring that all employees have their taxes deducted, as well as deductions for other things like social security as well as individual deduction like, say, for people who are paying for child care costs.
In most art studios, the administrator is expected to keep the books of accounts. Most art studios are unable to employ full time accountants, and the administrator is basically the person who is expected to all office work: including that of keeping the books. The administrator may not come up with the sorts of accounting statements that an accountant is expected to come up with. What the administrator is expected to do, however, is to keep the basic accounts, that the accountant (who may be called in periodically) can use to create the accounting statement for auditing purposes.
Further, in most art studios, the administrator is expected to do a bit of the marketing. It is the art studio administrator who, for instance, is expected to pick the calls from people interested in buying pieces of art. The art studio administrator is also expected to be the one who runs and updates the website of the art studio in question in most cases. This is in line with the paradigm where the owners of the art studios aspire to have the studio administrators doing all office work.
There are some art studios in which the administrator is expected to go a step further, and manage some of the aspects of production. It is, for instance, the art studio administrator who is expected to keep track of the art pieces that are produced, and the raw materials that are procured for production of art pieces.