The Saarländisches Künstlerhaus was founded by the Saarland State Government in 1985 to promote communication and collaboration among artists, writers and craftspeople, who live or work in Luxemburg, Lothringen, Rheinland-Pfalz and Saarland. For several years, the Künstlerhaus moved among temporary locations, using available studio spaces in Schenkelberg and Saarbrücken.

The Künstlerhaus has been housed in the Riotte-Haus, Karlstraße, Saarbrücken, since 1992. This Baroque Villa was provided to the Künstlerhaus by the Saarland Cultural Foundation, and is named for a former mayor of Saarbrücken.