Ulysses Jenkins received his BA from Southern University (1969) and his MFA from Otis Art Institute (1979). He is currently an associate professor of studio art and an affiliate professor in the African American Studies program at the University of California, Irvine.

His group exhibitions include Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles, 1960–1980, The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2011, traveling); VideoStudio: Playback, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (2011); Sympathetic Magic: Video Myths and Rituals, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA (2011); California Video, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles (2008); Cross Sections, 18th Street Arts Center, Santa Monica, CA (2007); Les soirées nomades: Nuits noires, Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris (2006); African American Artists in Los Angeles: A Survey Exhibition; Fade, 1990–2003, Luckman Gallery, California State University, Los Angeles (2004); Race in Digital Space, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (2002); and Audiovisual Poetry from the United States, 10th Videobrasil International Electronic Arts Festival, Sao Paulo (1994).