RIT’s Big Shot to Capture Glow of Cowboys Stadium

If you’ve been harboring a secret ambition to become a part of art history, get your flashlight ready and make plans to head to Cowboys Stadium on Sat., March 23.

That’s when the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) will stage an event known as the Big Shot, a community photography project locally sponsored by Experience Arlington and Arlington Camera.

The Big Shot is often described as “painting with light” because it involves the collaboration of hundreds of volunteers, affectionately known as “flashers,” who gather to simultaneously shine a light source onto a landmark while an aerial photograph is created. Watch a video.

“This is a fun event that allows our community pride in our attractions to be spotlighted as brightly as the stadium will be during this event,” said Decima Cooper, director of communications for Experience Arlington.

“With Art on the Greene going on right across the street from this event, it’s an opportunity for Arlington to come together and support two great events happening at the same time,” she said.

The Cowboys Stadium project will be the 28th one produced by RIT, a New York-based arts and technology school that’s particularly known for its photography program.

Previous Big Shot venues have included the National Museum of Play, the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian and the Alamo. View previous Big Shot events.

“This is a project that combines art, science, teamwork and education in one event where community members become artists,” said Scott Saldinger, who heads up the Dallas-Fort Worth RIT alumni chapter. “It creates one of those ‘I was there’ kind of moments that is very unique.

“This will be the first time for us to do a structure this large, and with this much glass,” he added.

Big Shot volunteer information:

  • Sat., March 23 at Cowboys Stadium
  • Arrive before 7:30 p.m.
  • Wear dark clothing
  • Bring a flashlight or a camera light
  • All ages welcome
  • Big Shot volunteers are encouraged to pre-register. Everyone who does will receive a complimentary Big Shot lanyard (limited to 5,000) and a link to download the final Big Shot image.